23 January, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.” -II Timothy 2:14
Often times I am reminded of this verse when I come across an article or a person who is addicted to using words as they would have been used for their original purposes—word hoarders. Words like “Awesome” and “Creative” come to mind, but it’s interesting that more often than not these same people wouldn’t use the words “Faggot” or “Gay” to mean stick and happy—the double standard bothers me. Not that I would prefer the insensitivity and hurt that their consistency would surely cause, but if one is going to let other words move with the times and transform his or her vocabulary for those words, why not for words like “awesome” and “creative”?
While there is merit in “wrangling” about words if the wrangling is for authorial intent, I think that the Apostle Paul wouldn’t be too impressed with some of the pointless word hoarding that goes on in some of our literature and Churches. The limitations of the English language are more clearly known to those who refuse to broaden their vocabularies because of the passage of time and the transformation of a word’s current definition.
29 November, 2010 § Leave a comment
10. Little Drummer Boy – I can understand “We Three Kings” but making up a story about an underdog drummer boy and putting a repetitive tune to it is just too much. Wasn’t the drummer boy a thing of the Civil War?
9. 8 days of Christmas – Materialism anyone? What ever happened to “Can’t Buy Me Love?”
8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Can we have some originality with a little less repetitiousness over here… waiter?
7. Christmas Shoes – Kitsch if I’ve ever heard it. “Please write a more depressing song for Christmas. (Though, I’m being generous for a #7 position.)
6. Same Old Lang Syne – I don’t even know why they play this song except that it’s Christmas Eve in the story.
5. Last Christmas – “Last Christmas I really blew it, and I’m doing the same thing this year!”
4. Grown Up Christmas List- Grow up.
3. I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Clause – What kind of sicko thought having little Michael make perceived adultery a blushing matter was a good idea? No wonder he turned out like he did.
2. Do They Know It’s Christmas Time? – Yes– yes they do, and I’m pretty sure they’re dancing in the streets that it’s not snowing in Africa.
1. Merry Christmas Toledo- I couldn’t believe it, somebody tried to make a hometown Christmas song after hits like “There’s no place like Home for the Holidays”… it stunk.