Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 10/16/15 Shibboleth

Shibboleth (noun)
shibboleth [shib-uh-lith, ‐leth]


noun
1. a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.
2. a slogan; catchword.
3. a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.

Origin: < Hebrew shibbōleth literally, freshet, a word used by the Gileadites as a test to detect the fleeing Ephraimites, who could not pronounce the sound sh (Judges 12:4-6)

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