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Jun 21, 2011
This week's theme
Biblical places that became words in English

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golgotha
laodicean
calvary
babel
aceldama

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laodicean

PRONUNCIATION:
(lay-ah-duh-SEE-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Lukewarm or indifferent, especially regarding religion.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Laodicea, a city in Asia Minor, whose Christians were rebuked for their indifference to religion in Revelation 3:16 in the New Testament. Earliest documented use: 1633.

USAGE:
"How can we expect such vital realism from our pathologically Laodicean political class?"
Kevin Myers; An Irishman's Diary; Irish Times (Dublin); Jul 19, 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. -Charles Evans Hughes, jurist (1862-1948)

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