[Ads-l] relish; demise

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 17 02:46:15 UTC 2015

Well, that surpasses mine. Today's NYT's example of down-dumbing:

"[sometimes-]padded prayer kneeler"

This is an instance of using the definition in place of the word:
"prie-dieu," once as well-known to followers of The One, True Faith as was
the un-Bowdlerized, un-de-Judaeicized name of January first: the Feast [=
"celebration"] of the Circumcision, a holy day of obligation - a holy day
regarded as requiring the same devotional response as a Sunday - which, as
its name once made clear, celebrated the briss/brith of Jesus.

I've managed to avoid learning the new name.

On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 7:18 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

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> Comcast blurb for today's "Young and the Restless" episode:
> "Billy relishes in Adam's demise."
> Anglice':
> "Billy takes delight in Adam's misfortune."
> JL
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