I know that from time to time, especially in the Old Testament readings, there are words that are challenging to say the least. So, I thought I would pass along an article from the morning’s paper that let us all know the world is full of challenging words. I thought about have a contest with a prize to the first person to correctly proclaim the sentence below…. but I am not sure where we’d get someone to judge!
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained the significance of the Chicxulub impact crater to actor Domhnall Gleeson over a drink of negroni sbagliato in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia.”
It contains five examples from this year’s list of the most mispronounced words released this week by The Captioning Group, which since 1991 has captioned and subtitled real-time events on television in the U.S. and Canada.
Words are fascinating. Etymology of words even more so. English has a pretty large “working vocabulary” with lots of synonyms, but I think in general each synonym conveys a slightly nuanced meaning. There is often just the right word needed somewhere in the pile of synonyms. Continue reading →
The children’s rhyme insists that “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Yet anyone who has comforted a teased child knows the emptiness of the adage. Words do have power for good and for ill. Our world is woven of words. A single word can make life turn on a dime. Continue reading →
The children’s rhyme insists that “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Yet anyone who has comforted a teased child knows the emptiness of the adage. We all know from experience that the sharp, cold edge of the sword of a single word can cut to the quick, leaving wounds of a lifetime. Indeed, sticks and stone can break bones, but words… words have their own power. Continue reading →
There are times when I am celebrating daily Mass, I can drift off in thought. It mostly occurs during the readings as I mentally make last-minute adjustments in my homily. I have a theme, a reflection, and I always wonder what connections I should make with what going on in the world. I was thinking about – what seems to me – a recent uptick in the virulent and harsh commentaries online. You name the topic: health care, DACA, racism, border security, immigration, refugees, and much much more – and the dialogue (if you can call it that) is ever more vitriolic, acrimonious, rancorous, bitter, caustic, spiteful, savage, venomous, poisonous, and malicious. Continue reading →