Thursday, May 20, 2004

In the Spirit of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary employs an unique hermeneutic when composing its definitions. Rather than limiting how the word is used, the dictionary's editorial staff looks for and tracks all the ways the word has been used. They do this by employing volunteer readers who search for illustrative uses of the word in print and give the quote to explain it. A special pleasure for the readers of the O.E.D. is finding earlier examples of this or that word used. The Germans are especially passionate from this form of literary archeology.

I guess it is the German side of my personality coming out, but I must contradict Fr. Hamilton when he claims the first use of the term "liturgical bling-bling." I found this earlier use in the internet literature. You will need to scroll down a bit to find the place.

Some will dispute the citation in that it uses the prefix word "papal" rather than "liturgical," but after consultation with the author, I think it would stand. 1. The pope's vesture and regalia have some connection to the liturgy or on display only during the liturgy, hence the word "papal" can mean related to papal liturgy. 2. This was the author's intention, i.e. the papal regalia for Mass was intended in the given comment.

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