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photoblog image Strange things?

Strange things?

 

This thing I saw in the Parish Church of  St. John the Baptist in Cirencester looks like a fine wine glass dating from c. 1440.  I'm  sure  you know the architectural and religious term to describe this thing.

 

But the "Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", 'pulpit', "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled. The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society." I read an article about this development in the newspaper (14th Jan. 2015), esp. about the loss of nature words like buttercup, arcon and the religious terms.

 

Sorry, I couldn't move away the information board on the left side.

Strange things?

 

This thing I saw in the Parish Church of  St. John the Baptist in Cirencester looks like a fine wine glass dating from c. 1440.  I'm  sure  you know the architectural and religious term to describe this thing.

 

But the "Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", 'pulpit', "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled. The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society." I read an article about this development in the newspaper (14th Jan. 2015), esp. about the loss of nature words like buttercup, arcon and the religious terms.

 

Sorry, I couldn't move away the information board on the left side.

comments (11)

it's a pulpit Philine... and a very beautiful one at that...

never mind what the "Oxford University Press" calls it...
we are old enough to know what it....petersmile
Philine: Yes, we are old enough ..., but the youngsters? Many thanks, peter!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jan 2015, 03:44
It always struck me as strange that priests would feel the need to stand higher than their congregation in an ornate pulpit...
Philine: Nowadays the priests or reverends often don't stand higher while preaching to the congregation. But you can understand them better when they are standing in the pulpit. Many thanks, Ray!
That is strange indeed.... but the pulpit is so lovely!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2015, 06:33
The junior dictionary has simply been dumbed down Philine, a system we are getting quite used to I can assure you. This pulpit is a thing of wonder isn't it. I expect the words to describe it were replaced by others decades ago..
Philine: In my English language calendar the word' aisle' is used to describe the aisles in a supermarket. Thank you kindly, Chris!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2015, 08:31
If there is one word which is guaranteed to raise my blood pressure to dangerous levels it is "celebrity" Or, even worse "celeb"! Arrrghhh!! Luckily, the calming influences of the inside of the Cirencester church and the reminder of our day together has quickly reduced that pressure back to normal levels smile It is such a shame that some words have been removed when we still have the "objects" (sorry, struggling for a better word) in place. What about the aisle of a supermarket, as a simple example. Ah.. I just read your reply to Chris; we have used the same example! We are kindred spirits!
Philine: Thank you kindly, Alan, for your charming comment! Good that your blood pressure is now back. Yes, it is sad to remove all those good, old words. Especially the lack of the nature words like 'buttercup' was critisised in the British (also by authors) and German newspapers. We could post a special series about lost words (and the things) on SC. I knew the 'aisle' word in the church, but learnt the supermarkt word now.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2015, 08:33
Oh.. I think I have misunderstood; the words have been removed from their religious meanings.
Philine: Yes, a remarkable, typical change! I learnt the word 'celeb' on SC!
Philine: "ne sont plus utilisés"? I assume that the most pulpits in our churches are still used, but we miss them mostly in the modern buildings. Merci beaucoup, M. Richard!
Bon dimanche!
It is a beautiful ornate pulpit that seems to have been under repair. If the priest no longer uses it, it could be filled with flowers or greenery that comes billowing out of the holes.
Philine: A fine idea I never thought of, but many old pulpits are wooden artworks, plants could damage them, eventually? Many thanks, Mary!
If there are some photographers who collect pulpits Philine, this would be a "must" to have in their collection. Talking of words we have noticed that the word "icon" has been adopted into everyday language quite considerably here.
Philine: Thank you kindly, Janet, for your creative comment! I photographed many pulpits, for there are many baroque churches with ornate pulpits in our country. This pulpit is sure one of the most beautiful ones. Interesting your remark about the word 'icon' you might combine with religious rituals. Wie use it in particular in everyday language.
Philine: It is not easy to live in "a multicultural and multifaith society", but I think we have to learn it and to respect the reality according the Bible word: " You shall love your neighbour as yourself."
I understand your last words; I am sorry that the Christians in many countries are persecuted, and even in our country many people say bad words about the Christian belief. Thank you kindly, Brian, for your comment!
A fine piece of decorative art. And I do share your concern at the actions of OUP - chasing after novelty - the words they've put in are ones the kids know already, whereas the others are things they may need to look up!
Philine: Thank you very much, Prof. Wilson, for your perceptive comment!

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