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Putting the EmPHAsis on the Wrong SylLABle

CAVEAT: I mean absolutely NO political or religious implications to this … it just amused me linguistically.

Certainly, anyone who pays attention to the news in just about any medium will have heard the name of “The Christian Science Monitor” from time to time. I’ve always heard the phrase said with an emphasis that tied “Christian” and “Science” together … creating the impression that it is a “Monitor that is run by Christian Scientists.”

However, on the radio recently I heard an announcer say the name with an emphasis that tied the words “Science” and “Monitor” together … creating the impression that it is a paper whose purpose is for “Christians to Monitor Science” (like “Science” was trying to pull a fast one and had to be watched suspiciously).

Again, I mean to cast no aspersion on real-world institutions … but the idea of a religious-based “Science Monitor” organization . . . particularly in a setting that rife with corruption, conspiracy, and power-mongering.

2 Comments

  1. LonePaladin wrote:

    It’s not what you say, but how you say it. “What’s for dinner, Mom?”

    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:27 am | Permalink
  2. Mark Monlux wrote:

    I woke up this morning very conscience that my body was skeleton being moved around by muscles. That when the senses of this carcase cease my perception of what the universe is and what I am was going to undergo a dramatic shift I couldn’t even guess at. I was thinking all this when I was doing my sit-ups. I was about to draw the ad hoc conclusion that exercise puts the emphasis on the wrong syllable in the mind, but then I remembers that I was thinking about what to put into the curriculum of my copyright class while I was doing push-ups. Maybe it’s just too early in the morning to jump to any conclusions.

    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:33 am | Permalink

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