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July 14, 2020

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Michael FlynnJanuary 30, 2020

Love this. When/where can I find the book?

HalJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for this article. To me, this is one of the most prevalent signs that we live in the last days. The corruption of our language is a frequent discussion in our family. For example, in Dickens' day, the phrase "making love" meant innocuous verbal flirting. In my parent's day, the same phrase meant cuddling and kissing. Now it means sexual intimacy. I saw a recent political ad on TV that said the candidate was a champion of "women's reproductive health." The implication was, "what could be more desirable health?" Sadly, "reproductive health" and "a woman's right to choose" are just counterfeit terms for killing unborn children. I am very weary of special interest groups hijacking our language and even the general use of words that mean exactly the opposite of the original intent - i.e. "sick" now means desirable or beautiful. Words that previously had a specific meaning now have racial connotations (I can't mention them here for fear of being censured). My other concern is the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that, in the last days, many will "make a man an offender for a word," (Isaiah 29:21), but that's a whole different discussion.

Jim ScottJanuary 30, 2020

I so enjoyed your iteration of the word”whore” from a totally sinful person to a person that can be desired in best company. How easily we have been seduced into acceptance of such an ignoble situation. Political corrected parlance forces us to tolerate the worst in humanity at the cost of righteousness without so much as a raised eyebrow. That which is filthy much remain filthy still.

Laurie JohnsonJanuary 29, 2020

The scariest verse in all scripture is found in The Book of Mormon 1:14--"And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief." This is, without a doubt, the very lowest point. While we understand that wickedness and unbelief will cause the withdrawal of the Spirit, just imagine if not even one person had the Gift of the Holy Ghost. What would this world be like? THAT is scary.

Pattie SkousenJanuary 28, 2020

As I ponder on these thoughts, I realize how much our society has gotten away from telling what the truth is and making sly comments to make one believe things aren't as bad as they are. The prophecy is truly here that was foretold in ancient days. I don't know if my generation feels the same way as I do, but I feel as though my past vocabulary has been tread on heavily and I don't want it to happen. Thanks for giving me more insights.

Laura GaskinsJanuary 28, 2020

Wow, I was just thinking about this kind of thing the other day. Words have power. The world was created by “The Word”. Now so many words have lost or changed meanings. I notice how often I hear or read things that people say, and they don’t even really know how they’re saying things. This is why it is important for us to be articulate; mindful of what we say and how we say it. Thank you for sharing this :)

karell BinghamJanuary 28, 2020

Another scary verse is the last verse in the Old Testament: "The end of the prophets ." Never want that to happen in my time!

R T LautsJanuary 28, 2020

1984! You is here and all Growed down. One might call George Orwell a prognosticator, a prophet, or a nosy busy body that doesn't know what he's talking about. So said the criticsat the time and their voices got successively quieter till almost nobody quotes "1983" anymore. The prophets, too, have warned us against this encroaching - really a Dumbing Down - of our language. Our melting-pot society has become infestated and is in danger of becoming even more difficult to understand what someone means or is even trying to say. And that leads to misunderstanding, confusion, strife - and - (you fill in whatever you want to blame it for - you'll probably be right!)

CubbyJanuary 28, 2020

This was profound. Nothing more needs to be said. Profound!



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