A professor at the University of Florida is forbidding her students to use words like “husband,” “wife,” “dad,” and “mom” as being insufficiently inclusive. [Read more…]
Today is Epiphany! Have a merry and happy Epiphany! It isn’t just about the wise men. It’s the beginning of a whole season in which the scheduled Bible readings on Sunday deal with “epiphanies” of who Christ is: His baptism, in which the voice from Heaven says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mathew 3:17); His first miracle; then other Gospel stories, culminating in the Transfiguration, in which the voice from Heaven again says, ““This is my beloved Son,with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17: 5), bracketing Jesus’s ministry with the Father’s identification and favor.
I’m interested in the word “epiphany,” which is also a literary term (meaning a character’s or the reader’s moment of realization in a story) and a term referring to experiences of ordinary life, in which we suddenly see the significance of something.
After the jump, I post an excerpt from a dictionary on the various meanings and uses of “epiphany.” Read them and reflect on how even the seemingly non-religious uses of the term can apply to Jesus.
Two years ago, I did a post on the difference between “merry Christmas” and “happy Christmas.” (It has mainly to do, I argued, with the difference between American English, which tends to retain older constructions, such as “merry,” and British English, which favors “happy,” supposedly due to Victorian-era qualms against carousing at Christmas, which “merry” suggested.)
Anyway, if you google this topic, my post will be the first one listed. For the last few days, thousands of people from around the world who have been wondering abut this odd English usage have done that search and have come to my post. My readership statistics have skyrocketed.
Most of those readers have found the information they were looking for and won’t be back. For those of you who are coming back, welcome.
But I especially want to address you long-term readers. I feel like I know a lot of you. I appreciate your hanging around here, sticking with us through platform changes and commenting software experiments. I want to wish all of you both a merry Christmas and a happy Christmas. And all blessings in the incarnation of our Lord.
Here is what I’ll do. For every season’s greeting posted in the comments, I will give you a Christmas present: A top “like this” rating on World Table. (I have a score in the 90s, so my rating will carry a lot of weight.)
Hillary Clinton and her organization are fending off the threat from the left by accusing Bernie Sanders–avowed socialist with impeccable leftist credentials–of sexism and racism! This is because of these two statements he made during the debate:
In the debate, Sanders began by saying, “As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton [is] that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want.” A couple of minutes later, Sanders told former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: “We can raise our voices, but I come from a rural state, and the views on gun control in rural states are different than in urban states, whether we like it or not.”
Can you explain what is so doubly bigoted about these two sentences? Answer after the jump. [Read more…]