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gwray
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gentile

Postby gwray » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:20 pm

I am intrigued by the common Latin root for Gentile and genteel —words which can have very different connotations. Gentile can be used neutrally to distinguish a person who is not Jewish. However it can also be used pejoratively: "Such boastings as the Gentiles use, Or lesser breeds without the Law" — Kipling.

While I am intrigued by words that develop in such different ways, I am hesitant in suggesting it as a Good Word. I am not interested in promoting a word which can be so divisive. I prefer Maya Angelou's observation: "We are more alike my friends, than we are unalike."
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver Proverbs 25:11

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