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17h50 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: No wonder the conservative fetish for "word power" through manipulation, perversion even, of the language for "winning over hearts and minds" is as strong as it is--and yet carries the risk for such actually turning against their prolefeed enablers to the point of backfiring upon them. Especially their insistence on "considering alternative meanings" to particular words when applied to the old prolefeed.

The word "catholic," come to think of it, is a good case in point for the sake of what Your Correspondent has to say at this time.

Its origins, interesting to know, are in the Greek word katholikos, itself derived from the Greek words kata, meaning "completely" or "down", and holos, meaning "whole", thereby translating into "completely whole". And would evolve in due time into the Latin catholicus, meaning "universal" or "general," which would later become "specialised" in linguistic terms to refer to Orthodox or Roman Catholic Christianity (more on that angle shortly).

In its original sense, then, "catholic" (note the small "c") means (as an adjective) "of general scope or value; all-inclusive; universal" and "broad in sympathies, tastes or understanding; liberal." Which may be worth using in these senses, readers.

When applied in Christian contexts, however, "catholic" (sometimes capitalised as "Catholic") originally referred to the broader Christian church and faith, in particular the original, undivided such (as witness where the Apostles' and Niacean Creeds, sometimes recited as part of the service in Christian churches, speaks of believing in "one holy catholic and apostolic Church"); thanks to linguistic specialisation, however, such would eventually be applied exclusively to either the Roman Catholic Church or its followers, or to the Orthodox Christian faiths generally (including the Eastern Orthodox Churches, even if they regard their supreem head, the Primate of Alexandria, to be but "first among equals"), or their followers, as opposed to the Protestant or Reformed churches (including later and more recent permutations into Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism).

Thus, the original context of "catholic" in its senses of "universal," "broad-minded," "inclusive" and "liberal" seem to have been lost to its religious applications. Unless, however, there were those among especially liberal prolefeeders willing to so apply "catholic" in contexts such as "catholic health care", "catholic communities" and "catholic politics and belief," for starters.

Meanwhile, perhaps it was time to challenge the notion of ons styl Christelik ekonomesie vryheid, as it were, being "Catholic" (note the capitalisation) in the sense of being a Great White Father, an ennobling agent of the Unwashed Masses, "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" (theoretically, mind you, as Advanced Ideological Instruction among Christian Patriot types will reveal), not to mention depicting campaigns advancing such as being the Last Great Hope for the Chronically Government-Dependent to be a Mission from God (cf. the Reddingsdaadbond movement among the Afrikaners down South Africa way in the naissence of apartheid using this trope).

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")


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