Tuesday, July 20, 2010

On fear

Just an interesting point a sacrament meeting speaker made recently: The word fear is problematic in religious contexts, because it’s ambiguous. Therefore, it becomes necessary to contrast what i as a linguist might call fearreverence and fearshame (with reverence and shame being the words the speaker used).


Heather the Mama Duk said...

It's an important distinction because of the whole fearing the Lord thing that a lot of people don't get right.

David B said...

See, yet another reason for people to take a History of the English Language class—you learn all about shifts like this from Early Modern English to Present-Day English.

Not that making such a suggestion would be self-serving for myself as a linguistics professor, of course—no, not at all.☺