There are so many words in the English language that it’s not
surprising that the definitions for some of them have gotten mixed up
over the years. It’s possible that you’ve gone your entire life without
realizing your mistakes. I’m sure people have noticed. One day, you were
probably walking down the street, casually chatting with an old friend,
and one of these words slipped out of your mouth. Before you can move
on to your story about how Mufasa would actually make a very attractive
human, your friend stops to correct your error, and suddenly, your whole
life starts to feel like one giant lie. How long have you been using
that word incorrectly, you wonder? How many angry Facebook rants
have you ruined with your improper grammar? While I can’t give you an
answer to those questions, I can at least provide you with a list of
other tricky words so that you may never have to suffer from this
embarrassment ever again: 1) Travesty What you may think it means: a tragedy, an unfortunate event What it actually means: a mockery; a parody This one, I’ll admit, is my own personal error. For the longest time,
I equated travesty with tragedy, mostly because in passing, they sound
like the same word. It’s stupid, I know, but if you knew how many times I
confused fetal position with beetle position, you wouldn’t be laughing. It’s a serious problem. 2) Ironic What you may think it means: a funny coincidence What it actually means: contrary to what you might expect It’s not ironic that you bumped into a talking turtle in a sweater
vest right after you told your friend how cool it would be to bump into a
talking turtle in a sweater vest. It’s a coincidence, and believe it or
not, those two words are not related. Also, you should probably lay off
the drugs because I’m pretty sure animals shouldn’t be talking. 3) Peruse What you may think it means: to skim or glance over something What it actually means: to review something carefully/in-depth How this definition got completely turned on its head, I’ll never
know, but I’ll be sure never to say “I’m going to go peruse my math
textbook” ever again, just in case someone overhears and tries to hold
me to it under the real meaning. 4) Bemused What you may think it means: amused What it actually means: confused Again, with the whole “words sounding alike” issue. I’m starting to think I just need hearing aids. This is getting out of hand. 5) Compelled What you may think it means: to willingly do something, to feel like you need to do something What it actually means: to be forced to do something (willingly or unwillingly) The word you’re looking for is “impelled.” I agree, it doesn’t get enough attention. 6) Nauseous What you may think it means: to feel sick What it actually means: to cause nausea When you eat too much ice cream and declare to your mom or the
nearest adult, “I feel nauseous,” what you’re actually saying is that
you are causing people around you to feel sick. Thanks, jerk. (For the
record, “I’m nauseated” is the way to go.) 7) Conversate What you may think it means: to hold a conversation What it actually means: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING This word is a mix of conversation and converse, and doesn’t actually
exist, like unicorns or YOUR DREAMS. (I’m kidding. Unicorns are totally
real.) 8) Redundant What you may think it means: repetitive What it actually means: superfluous, able to be cut out “Including this sentence is redundant because you already mentioned
your love of Santa Claus in the previous paragraph.” This has always
been my exposure to the word redundant, so it only makes sense that I
would think repetitive was correct. I can’t be the only one? Right?
RIGHT? 9) Enormity What you may think it means: enormousness What it actually means: extreme evil I don’t know where the “extreme evil” thing came from (probably the
Devil) but enormity makes more sense as enormousness in my mind. 10) Terrific What you may think it means: awesome, fantastic What it actually means: causing terror Okay, so “causing terror” is more of an outdated definition
but I still thought it was interesting. Maybe keep this fun fact in the
back of your mind the next time you call your favorite camper,
“Terrific Tommy,” because technically, a few decades ago, that might have been an insult. Unless instead of a camper, he’s a serial killer. In that case, go for it.
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed himself into a
homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be
introduced as the head pastor at that
morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it
was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000
people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food - NO
ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit
down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would
please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares
and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church
announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and
were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the
congregation. "We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah
Steepek." The congregation looked around clapping with joy and
anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started
walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. He
walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in
on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,
King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my
Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the
creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to
eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger
and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick
and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry
and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we
see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
'The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them
all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many
heads were bowed in shame. He then said, "Today I see a gathering of
people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but
not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?"
He then dismissed service until next week.
Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's something you live by and share with others.
a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their
little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were
hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of
cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and
offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they
thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the
procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the
The next day, I
felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.
Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I
wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes,
Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept
Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat
together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad
fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned
me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, “People
are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving
everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.'"
you have left this earth, I am not sad. Instead I smile because I know
that your pain has gone, your suffering has ended and all of the
happiness and joy you brought into my life will live with me forever.
You may have left this earth but you will never leave my heart.