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Brotherhood Malaproprisms

Malapropism: "ludicrous misuse of words, especially through confusion caused by resemblance in sound" (Webster's New World Dictionary).

From time to time, we hear things from our brethren that are mentioned in all seriousness, but when they take the form of a malapropism they can bring a smile to our faces. For instance, I was talking with a brother in Christ one day who told me he did not understand why the denominational churches did not sing "Acapulco." Of course, he meant a cappella, but Acapulco wouldn't be a bad place to sing a cappella, would it?

On another occasion, this same brother said to me (following a sermon I had preached exposing the error of Premillenialism) that he also did not believe in the Battle of Armadillo (Armageddon). I succeeded (with some diffiulty) from laughing out loud on that one because, after all, he was serious.

Perhaps one of the more famous malapropisms is one that makes mention of the "only forgotten" Son of God (Jn. 3:16). Of course, the interpolation of "forgotten" for "begotten" is totally unintended and the ones who said it would be mortified if it were pointed out to them that they had indeed committed this unintended spiritual faux pas. I recently heard the "only forgotten" malapropism in a public prayer.

The most recent brotherhood malapropism I heard was by some faithful New Testament Christians regarding some of their brethren who have gone beyond the boundaries of the doctrine of Christ (2 John 9-11). Instead of referring to such brethren with the common moniker of being "liberal," these faithful Christians referred to them as "liberated." In fact, the opposite would be true-only those who stay true to the word of Christ and follow the truth are truly "liberated." Jesus said, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).

Sometimes it's good to take a look at the lighter side of life and appreciate humor where is can be found (Prov. 17:22).

Steven E. Yeatts
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 8/July 10, 2003
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