Tag Archives: English

A plow boy reading the scriptures?! That’s quite remarkable.

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William Tyndale, religious reformer best known for translating the Bible into English, said the following (when speaking to the sometimes snobbish clergy of his day):

“I will cause the boy who drives the plow

to know more of the scriptures than you do.”  

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.Um, does this not SCREAM of Joseph Smith?!  Wow!

In literature, we’d call this foreshadowing.

In the gospel, we call it a prophecy 🙂

Read more here about Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s thoughts on these issues.  His talk totez rocks my socks!

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…the boy who drives the plow

[will know] the scriptures…

plow boy knows the scriptures Joseph Smith

AWESOME!

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Language Smorgasboard

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I took this picture in Fiji.  Where people speak English and Hindi.  Fascinating. 

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Connotations of “Instruments”

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Same semantics, different syntax

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I’m starving, but I can wait ’til lunch.

vs.

I can wait ’til lunch, but I’m starving.

SAME WORDS, BUT DIFFERENT MEANING!  Emphasis is placed on the last clause.

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Herman Melville left in a lot of his footnotes in the final publication of “Moby Dick,”

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so why in the world would I take all mine out of this blog?

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What’s in a name?

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Names play a significant role in our lives (especially in THIS girl’s life!)  Furthermore, name changes are an interesting part of our experience.  Let me share for a minute about my own name and it’s journey.

My birth name is Katherine, but when I was very young my family called me Kate.  In 2nd grade, I wanted to go by my original name, and because education often stressed phonetic spelling, it was “Katheren.”  I eventually spelled it the way it was given to me and used this name until the end of high school.  When I first came to BYU, I wanted a new identity.  Not brand spankin’ new, but a way to have somewhat of a fresh start.  I wasn’t a reformed bad girl or anything, but almost anyone can relate to wanting a clean slate when they first leave home.  I told every new person I met that my name was Katie.  Not anything too drastic, but the change was still significant.  But 2 years later, “Katherine” was calling my name again (see what I did there?), and so I used that name and continue to use it to this day.  My name journey was and continues to be very funny at times as some people to this day do not know whether to call me Kate, Katherine, or Katie.  I will respond to all, but 90% of the people in my life call me Katherine, so if in doubt, go with that.

Why does this matter to you?  May I suggest that you ponder your names.  First/last/middle/maiden/nicknames, etc.    What do they mean to you?  To your family?  I have known people who have chosen to take on new names after significant changes, such as religious conversions, therapy, and of course marriage.  Names are a part of our identity, and since we do not choose our own names from birth, there are times when individuals decide to change them on their own.  Deeper parts of the LDS theology reveal the significance of new names for those who desire to become closer to God.  Think about how Saul changed to Paul in the New Testament.  Oh, yah, AND my platonically beloved former counselor went from ______________ to Therapist Zach.  An alias, a pseudonym, but for a good purpose, I’d say.

Last soapbox for the day:  I am open and accepting, but whatever you do, do NOT name your child North West, or something weird like that.

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Lesson Plans are made for teachers, and NOT teachers for Lesson Plans…

And still Dr. Ostenson made me write them anyways.  Sigh

Better over-prepared than under-prepared, I suppose.

Explore the origin of my metaphor here. 

🙂

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There is LITtER ALl over the English language because of the abuse of the word LITERAL.

See what I did there?

Got more to come, too!

But I try not to be one of those rude, snotty English girls (or boys?) who correct people’s grammar.  No one likes those people.  And no one likes to be made to feel stupid.

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Look a little closer

Seems like a picture of nothing, right?

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Wrong.  Look a little closer,

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see the symbols,

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and ponder all they represent.

freedom

#inspiration is everywhere

#for better or for worse, this is my mind people

#BYU English Program done me good

#took this 3 years ago…..

#I wasn’t driving-don’t worry!

#you’re welcome, teachers

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Thanks for the compliment, Shania!

(start at 1:32)

Why thank you, Miss Shania.  I DO have a way with words.  That’s why I like to blog.  That’s why I like to write.  That’s why I like to think.  That’s why I enjoy deep conversation.  That’s why I like to read.  That’s why I got my degree in English from BYU.

….what….that STILL don’t impress you much?! “)

(Heather Johnson)

Oh, and Miss Twain, you are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in Nashville, but that pink lipgloss is TOO pink, and that blue eyeshadow just ain’t cutting it either.  Navy blue mascara is SOOOOO 2002.  I’ll be your makeup artist next time, ok?

Core Beliefs: Expression, creativity, humor, beauty, kindness

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