Thursday, November 02, 2006

Word of the Day: Co-religionist

I just saw the word co-religionist used in a Jewschool post, and it seemed so anachronistic. Don't get me wrong, I love the word, but it brings to mind post-WWII era arguments about race and religion. Just like referring to someone as a "member of the tribe." Oh wait, I do that too.

According to the OED a correligionist is: "An adherent of the same religion;" the first documented use of the word was in 1842.


Mobius said...

i actually had to edit the post and wound up spiking that word, but thanks for noticing.

AnnieGetYour said...

Sad for me. Oh well.

Any particular reason?

Benjamin J. Cooper said...

HATE "M.O.T." 1500 years making our people "life of the mind" folks, and we're back to whacking Hittites with bronze implements.

"Co-religionist" is good.

sherbert said...

Benjamin J. Cooper,

While I understand your "life of the mind" thing, the Hittites lived well over 1500 years ago. More like 3500. Check ancient facts with Harley or with your girlfriend first.

AnnieGetYour said...

Ben- If I see any Hittites, you can bet your butt that I will be whacking them with bronze implements.

Benjamin J. Cooper said...

Sherbs - I was referring to two different things.

1) 1500 years is my lowball estimate for the existence of Judaism as an intellectual culture, as opposed to a national entity.

2) When we were a tribe (MUCH EARLIER), we whacked Hittites with bronze whatnots. One would assume that, 1500 years ago, we would have iron. We were not a tribe then.

Annie - you would invite the Hittites to shabbos dinner, and maybe the worst thing you'd do is serve them textured vegetable protein.

Anonymous said...

I love "Jewbiquitous," it's a wonderful word, and I love the word "Jewschool" too... Just happened upon you, working on a French-English translation. Co-religionist (coréligionnaire) is a no-nonsense word in French, without even the faintest whiff of the, if I may be so bold, jewbiquitous anti-semitism. (It's being used in this text talking about Christians, by the way):