There is nothing more humorous than someone abusing the English language and believing they are contributing to it [COUGH… Al Shaprton… Jesse Jackson… COUGH].
Take the classic skit, “Booked on Phonics” from ‘In Living Color’ (apologies to Wall watchers for the risque content, but it was the only one I could find.)
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That hilarity reminded me of something I saw in the news recently from the Pew Forum. You see, even religious groups find themselves in a quandary of saying what they believe, and believing they need to take Noah Webster out on a date.
You see, according to this chart given in the aforementioned report, many groups of people believe in God but may not follow his word implicitly. And that includes…
ATHEISTS and AGNOSTICS. Um, HUH?!
- “Atheos” meaning “to deny the gods.” A is an article in speech meaning “without” and Theos means “God”.
- And then there is “Agnostos” meaning “unknowable” from a meaning “without” and Gnostos meaning “knowledge”.
That said, referring to this slick graph, 21 percent of Atheists “BELIEVE IN GOD”, as do 55 percent of reported Agnostics.
Huh? I suggest next time these etymology-impaired people decide to ascribe to a particular religious school of thought, figure out what it means. Otherwise, we’ll just assume you need prayer because you have no clue WHAT you believe (like now).