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Word For The Day, Thursday, September 26, 2013 – shibboleth
dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 September 2013 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 09/26/2013 4:26:21 AM PDT by secret garden


In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

shibboleth (SHIB-uh-lith, -leth) noun
1. The use of a word or pronunciation that distinguishes a group of people.
2. A slogan, belief, or custom that's now considered outmoded.

Example sentences:
"Kurdish Iraq's two dominant parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, fought a civil war in the 1990s. Ordinary words turned into shibboleths. Using the word afrat for 'woman' revealed a link with the KDP; the PUK used the word zhin. Today, the two parties share power. This has resulted in an attempt at linguistic fusion that makes Ferhadi shudder: whenever political leaders refer to women, they say 'afrat and zhin' to show that they have overcome old divisions."
--Sophie Hardach; 'Professor, You're Dividing My Nation'; The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC); Jun 23, 2013.

"Osborne's allies say his urge to win is greater than his eagerness to parrot Thatcherite shibboleths."
--Rafael Behr; The Politics Column; New Statesman (London, UK); Jun 28, 2013.

Etymology:
According to the Book of Judges in the Bible, the Gileadites used the Hebrew word shibboleth (ear of corn; stream) to identify the fleeing Ephraimites who couldn't pronounce the sh sound. 42,000 Ephraimites were slaughtered. Earliest documented use: 1382.
Some massacres in which the pronunciation of a word played a key part: Parsley Massacre, Battle of the Golden Spurs, Sicilian Vespers. The meaning of the term has now widened. It could be applied to anything, not just the pronunciation of a word, that distinguishes people. It could be a way of eating, dressing, etc.

The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....


Review Threads:

Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate

WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!


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1 posted on 09/26/2013 4:26:21 AM PDT by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; Conspiracy Guy; Laura Earl; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 09/26/2013 4:27:26 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Would the Kennedy pronunciation of Harvard (Hahvahd) be considered a shibboleth?


3 posted on 09/26/2013 4:33:52 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden

How about Obbama’s pronunciation of Pahkeestahn?


4 posted on 09/26/2013 4:35:18 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Yes, and an A for each! Good morning.
5 posted on 09/26/2013 4:40:37 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

“Aluminium” has the rather odd sound of a deliberate affectation, but “nukular” drives me up a wall.


6 posted on 09/26/2013 4:58:55 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Modesty compels me to brag only about my modesty, at which I excel.)
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To: secret garden

Good morning. I am so sick of Fox & Friends and their ridiculous “games” in the AM! Who cares whether Elizabeth “beats” the boys?


7 posted on 09/26/2013 4:59:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden
According to the Book of Judges in the Bible, the Gileadites used the Hebrew word shibboleth (ear of corn; stream) to identify the fleeing Ephraimites who couldn't pronounce the sh sound.

And more recently, THE TEST that the terrorists gave to the hostages in Kenya -- can they speak in Arabic and do they know the name of Muhammad's momma?

8 posted on 09/26/2013 5:02:21 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NicknamedBob

“al yu min ee um”...

And just where are you getting that last “i”, limey?

:)


9 posted on 09/26/2013 5:04:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

They are getting it from the way they spell the word. It’s not just the pronunciation that differs.


10 posted on 09/26/2013 5:09:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: MrB
"And just where are you getting that last “i”, limey?"

Same place they get the "i" in Germanium, Strontium, Barium, and others. They will presumably claim they are being consistent.

Maybe we should compromise and call it "Alco-um".

11 posted on 09/26/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (Modesty compels me to brag only about my modesty, at which I excel.)
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To: NicknamedBob

Compromise?! Who won the war?


12 posted on 09/26/2013 5:20:53 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden
shibboleth (SHIB-uh-lith, -leth) noun
1. The use of a word or pronunciation that distinguishes a group of people.
2. A slogan, belief, or custom that's now considered outmoded.

Is the word "PATRIOT" becoming a shibboleth?

13 posted on 09/26/2013 5:29:58 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: secret garden

As Ted Cruz entered hours past the twentieth
Using language some might call a shibboleth
Words like honesty, freedom
How seldom we see them
Since Obama became King Elizabeth


14 posted on 09/26/2013 5:43:02 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: secret garden

42,000 Ephraimites were slaughtered because they said “thibboleth?”
That’s some tough thit for the Ephraimites.


15 posted on 09/26/2013 6:12:54 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SoothingDave

Goodfellas.


16 posted on 09/26/2013 6:18:30 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Its sad, but the morning news sucks.

In NJ, I go between F&F and Ch.5 channel 5 is cute, and I like Rosanna, but the 9:00 hour is retarded. Bad music and or pop culture guests.

F&F has apparently taken to playing down to the culture.

Better to come here, and read Drudge while waiting for posts.


17 posted on 09/26/2013 6:22:42 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

If they thaid thibboleth, the should have moved to Fire Island.


18 posted on 09/26/2013 6:23:40 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: hobbes1

No, I was thinking of Basil Fawlty trying to make nice with the Germans.


19 posted on 09/26/2013 6:24:59 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: hobbes1

What about Greg Kelly?


20 posted on 09/26/2013 6:25:52 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden
From "The People Speak" by Carl Sandburg:

"Faiths blow on the winds
and become shibboleths
and deep growths
with men ready to die
for a living word on the tongue,
for a light alive in the bones,
for dreams fluttering in the wrists . . .


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

21 posted on 09/26/2013 6:34:32 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Ma<center> <table backgrines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: hobbes1

I watch Matlock re-runs until my husband gets up. Then he switches back to F & F, but it has become a disgusting program — all fluff and no substance. Hemmer and McCallum is better at 8 (Central) but, overall, Fox has become a real disappointment.


22 posted on 09/26/2013 6:46:09 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: hobbes1

I watch Matlock re-runs until my husband gets up. Then he switches back to F & F, but it has become a disgusting program — all fluff and no substance. Hemmer and McCallum is better at 8 (Central) but, overall, Fox has become a real disappointment.


23 posted on 09/26/2013 6:46:09 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden
The GOP leadership, talk about an oxymoron, has its own shibboleths. Bunch of losers.
24 posted on 09/26/2013 7:12:46 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: NicknamedBob
A for you.
25 posted on 09/26/2013 7:24:54 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: MrB
A for you.
26 posted on 09/26/2013 7:26:02 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
They cannot pronounce schedule either.
27 posted on 09/26/2013 7:27:39 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Old Sarge

No, just a way to deny nonprofit status. A for you.


28 posted on 09/26/2013 7:28:50 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Iowahawk has been taking it to him lately. Along with Cory the phony Booker. A+ for you.


29 posted on 09/26/2013 7:29:50 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

You know how crazy they are over there. A for you.


30 posted on 09/26/2013 7:30:31 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: hobbes1

I am giving up on Modern Family. The gheyness, it burns. A for you.


31 posted on 09/26/2013 7:32:03 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I don’t like much Sandburg, but that is nice. A+ for you.


32 posted on 09/26/2013 7:32:55 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

Phone calls? What phone calls? A+ for you.


33 posted on 09/26/2013 7:33:50 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Truthy, have you seen my favorite video of the week? It will melt your heart.
34 posted on 09/26/2013 7:36:03 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I have last night’s on my DVR but haven’t watched it yet.


35 posted on 09/26/2013 7:44:12 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden

Thanks for the link. I forwarded it to my daughter,
who will be having her third child in a few weeks. She has a 4 year-old girl and a 2 year-old boy. It will be our grandchild #9, and will break a 4-4 gender tie.


36 posted on 09/26/2013 7:51:09 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: secret garden
He's not on my preferred list either, but that passage has stuck in my mind since I read it in High School almost a half century ago.


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

37 posted on 09/26/2013 7:59:51 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Ma<center> <table backgrines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SoothingDave

I’m in the process of Tivoing the BB marathon and don’t usually watch shows live but the best moment was Mitchell getting Lily ready for school.


38 posted on 09/26/2013 8:03:31 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
saw you being your pedantic best on this thread which mirrors our discussion of last week about the Pope.
39 posted on 09/26/2013 8:05:07 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

I watched the BB pilot last night. So good to see the mild-mannered guy just starting to become assertive.

Telling the car wash guy off (”f you and your eyebrows”) and assaulting the punks in the store mocking his crippled son.


40 posted on 09/26/2013 8:05:58 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

I do love watching punks who pick on kids get their comeuppance. Cowards.


41 posted on 09/26/2013 8:09:58 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

You stalking me? ;-) That was like a month ago.


42 posted on 09/26/2013 8:10:55 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Gregs OK. Provides The Soup with plenty of material.


43 posted on 09/26/2013 8:36:51 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: SoothingDave

That beatdown was one of those “now I am hooked” moments.


44 posted on 09/26/2013 8:40:56 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: secret garden

So many of us have believed
That “misery index” and such
Were shibboleths of Carter’s time
And now they don’t mean much

Why are we amazed these terms
Have become relevant once more
When idiots voted for a jerk
And haven’t shown him the door?

Now these fools have angered
The rest of us with their greed-
When their emperor basks in Hawaii
No one will care about their “need”


45 posted on 09/26/2013 8:53:25 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: hobbes1

It was funny, too. The pilot and early episodes, I mean.


46 posted on 09/26/2013 9:03:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Texan5

Hawaii has tons of poverty, according to members of my family who lived there. Not that the idiot and his family will be anywhere near it. A+ for you.


47 posted on 09/26/2013 9:03:25 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

thread was on today’s scroll, i didn’t check the date, it just struck me as evangelicals having the same discussion we had last friday. and then i saw your pedantic jagoff self doing what you do best, right in the middle of it.


48 posted on 09/26/2013 9:17:22 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Texan5
I am not the least bit worried about a government shutdown.
49 posted on 09/26/2013 9:18:23 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

i’m not either.


50 posted on 09/26/2013 9:24:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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