Reblog: People’s Word of 2018: Cast your vote!

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

The team at Cambridge Dictionary have shortlisted four words that were added to the dictionary this year, and we would like YOU to tell us which of these words best sums up 2018.

There are over 100,000 words and meanings in the Cambridge Dictionary, but we are constantly adding to these, with almost 2,000 new words and updated definitions every year.

The four words we have shortlisted for the People’s Word of 2018 are:

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‘And the Word was God’

‘[Christ’s] words are solemn

but not sombre
for they

raise us up

when we have

fallen

and

support us

as we follow Him.’

From The Little Way of Lent
by Fr. Gary Caster

 

Language is powerful. It can build up and tear down civilizations. It is one of the things that makes us human, and it is one of the things that defines us as ‘made in His image’. First comes the breath, then comes the life. First the word, then the act. Language itself is a miracle. We must choose our words with care.

Lord, may my words be always pleasing to you. May I never use them to dictate, or to deceive, or to puff myself up with pride. May my voice always reflect your voice. 

Amen

Christian Clichés

 

Hahahahahaha!

 

I’m laughing, but there is a serious message here. We should be careful not to do things, or say things, just to sound ‘like a Christian’, to fit in, to keep up with the Joneses. I am really not a fan of ‘Christianese’. It is like putting on a show to demonstrate that you’re one of the gang. But the only thing that makes you ‘one of the gang’ is grace. We should be equally careful what we say when we publicly address our Creator. It’s careless and sloppy if it’s not thoughtful and considered – I mean, this is God I’m talking to, why would I offer Him anything less-than? And it’s akin to blasphemy if it is all ‘for show’.  Would you prostitute yourself in this way?

 

 

 

Harsh words? <sigh>

 

Don’t be discouraged. Let us be genuine, brothers and sisters (and that I write with all sincerity – same as I hope I always act and speak) and then at least we’re not lying to one another (or worse, to God) and we won’t fall into the trap of pride, or self-righteousness. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve fallen into this trap myself more times than I can count. This is such an easy sin to slide into because to all intents and purposes it looks just like the real thing… and it sounds so fetching, but it’s fool’s gold, Worthless.

All that glisters is not gold  (this is iron pyrites) …and all that sounds ‘Christian’ ain’t necessarily spectacular either

 

Jesus said:

First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean… For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 

Matthew 23:26-27

 

Finally, let me end with these beautiful words:

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

 

‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 5:5-6

 

To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!

Proverbs 15:23

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…