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You may not be able to find the word capitonym in the dictionary, but it has been used to describe words that change their pronunciation and meaning when capitalized. Here is a selection of capitonyms: Ares: God of War; ares: Plural of metric unit of area. August: Eighth calendar month; august: Important. Begin: Russian-born Israeli politician; begin: To start. Bund: Federation; bund: Irrigation embankment. Chou: Chinese dynasty; chou: Type of pastry. Degas: French painter and sculptor; degas: To remove gas. Embarrass: River in eastern Illinois; embarrass: Mortify. Ewe: A people and language Africa; ewe: Female sheep. Job: Author of a Biblical book; job: Employment. Junker: Member of Prussian aristocracy; junker: Old car. Lima: Capital of Peru; lima: Type of bean. Magdalen: Oxford college; magdalen: Reformed prostitute. Male: Capital of the Maldives; male: A gender. Manes: Deified spirits of Roman dead; manes: Plural of mane. Natal: Region of southeast Africa; natal: Relating to birth. Nice: French City; nice: Pleasant. Polish: Relating to Poland; polish: To make shine. Rainier: Volcanic peak in Washington; rainier: More rainy. Reading: Borough in England; reading: Comprehending writing. Said: Egyptian port; said: Spoken. Scone: Village of central Scotland; scone: Biscuitlike pastry. Seat: Car manufacturer; seat: Chair. Slough: A borough in England; slough: Dead skin of reptile. Tang: Chinese dynasty; tang: Sharp Flavor. Worms: City in southwest Germany; worms: Plural of worm. Capitonyms are not really true heteronyms for two reasons. First, the capitalized forms are proper nouns, and as such may not be found in standard dictionaries. Second, a pair of heteronyms must be spelled identically.
People with a PastJill CarattiniI confess that I have never been a student enticed by the subject ofhistory. Whether studying the history of the Peloponnesian War or thehistory of Jell-O, I associate the work with tedious memorization and anendless anthology of static dates and detail. But this stance towardhistory, coupled with our cultural obsession with the present moment is apowerful force to be reckoned with, and an outlook I have come torecognize as dangerous. It is a thought perhaps to take captive, lest itproduce in me a sense of forgetfulness about who I am and from where Ihave come. Richard Weaver is one among many who have warned us about the dangers ofpresentism, the cultural fixation with the current moment. More thanfifty years ago, Weaver warned of the discombobulating effects of livingwith an appetite for the present alone: Recurring to Plato's observation that a philosopher must havea good memory, let us inquire whether the continuous dissemination, ofnews by the media under discussion does not produce the provincial intime. The constant stream of sensation, eulogized as lively propagationof what the public wants to hear, discourages the pulling-together ofevents from past time into a whole for contemplation.(1)Weaver contends that carelessness about history is in fact a type ofamnesia, producing a mindset that is both aimless and confused. For howcan we understand the current cultural moment without at least someunderstanding of the moments that have preceded it? History is not astatic bundle of dates and details anymore than our own lives are staticbundles of the same. But instead, history is the vital form in which weboth take account of our past and fathom the present before us. This point was recently driven home for me in a church history class fullof future pastors. We were studying the fourth century, which was privyto a great influx of believers who left their communities behind and fledto the desert in search of solitude. To a group of people called andpassionate about the church as a community, the great lengths some ofthese pilgrims went to live solitary lives was hard to understand. Wordslike "abandonment" and "responsibility" readily crept into ourconversations. But imperative to understanding this flight of believers (and arguably tounderstanding a part of our own story) is recognizing that this historydid not come to pass in a vacuum. Up until the fourth century, the churchhad been under fierce persecution. Torture and martyrdom were prevalent;believers were recurrently in danger and often met in secrecy. WhenChristianity was suddenly made legal in 313, the church found itself inthe midst of an entirely different set of challenges. People were nowcoming to Christianity in droves, and for the first time in the life ofthe church, nominal belief and careless faith was a reality. In thishistorical context, pursuit of the desert life was an expression of faithin response to faithless times. For the dynamically committed Christian,the desert was a way of securing and living out one's convictions. We may not understand the motives of those who chose to live their livesin caves of prayer and solitude, but I believe it is quite possible thatGod continues to set apart remnants who stand in the midst of time "likedew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man orlinger for mankind" (Micah 5:7). Refusing to be historians, we miss truthssuch as these: we are people with a past that locates us in the very storywe live today. For the Christian, history is all the more a sense of hallowed ground, forit is ground where God has walked and our faith is kept. We believe thathistory resides in the able hands of the one who made us to live withintime. We believe that who we are today has everything to do with eventswe have not seen. And we live as a people called both to remember and tobe ready, for we look to the author of the entire story, who was and isand is to come. Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi ZachariasInternational Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.(1) Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences (Chicago: Universityof Chicago Press, 1984), 111.------------------------------------------------------------------- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)"A Slice of Infinity" is aimed at reaching into the culture with words ofchallenge, words of truth, and words of hope. If you know of others whowould enjoy receiving "A Slice of Infinity" in their email box each day,tell them they can sign up on our website athttp://www.rzim.org/slice/slice.php. If they do not have access to theWorld Wide Web, please call 1-877-88SLICE (1-877-887-5423).
ProsopagnosiaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaProsopagnosia (sometimes known as face blindness) is disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize objects may be relatively intact.Few successful therapies have so far been developed for affected people, although individuals often learn to use 'piecemeal' or 'feature by feature' recognition strategies. This may involve secondary clues such as clothing, hair color, body shape, and voice. Because the face seems to function as an important identifying feature in memory, it can also be difficult for people with this condition to keep track of information about people, and socialize normally with others.Some people also use the term prosophenosia, which refers to the inability to recognize faces following extensive damage of both occipital and temporal lobes.
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book." -- President Abraham Lincoln"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."--John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630 "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." - President George Washington"The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it." - Napoleon"That Book accounts for the supremacy of England." - Queen Victoria"If there is anything in my thought or style to commend , the credit is due my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principals taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us andbury all our glory in profound obscurity." - Daniel Webster (Founding Father)"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed." - Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)"The Bible is the anchor of our liberties." - President U.S. Grant"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principals of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." - Horace Greeley (Editor)"That Book is the rock on which our Republic rests." - President Andrew Jackson"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give melight and strength." - Gen. Robert E. Lee"Bible reading is an education in itself." - Lord Tennyson (Poet)"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children beginto read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove usefulcitizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have formany years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."- President John Quincy Adams"The existence of the Bible, as a Book for the people, is the greatestbenefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity." - Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)"The New Testament is the very best Book that ever or ever will be known in the world." - Charles Dickens (Author)"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures." - Sir William Herschel (Astronomer)"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history." - Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)"Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires; beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go." - Goethe (Author)"I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time, and of these eight-seven were followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors." - W.E. Gladstone (Prime Minister) "Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart." - John Ruskin (art critic and social commentator) "The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in a position to dispense with it." - Thomas Huxley (Author & Scientist)"The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever growing influence of the Bible." - W.H. Seward (Secretary of State)"America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures. Part of the destiny of Americans lies in their daily perusal of this great book of revelations. That if they would see America free and pure they will make their own spirits free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Spirit."--President Woodrow Wilson For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate expressions of love, and the supreme demonstrations of God's mercy, faithfulness, and redemption. Since Christ's miraculous Resurrection on Easter, more than 2,000 years ago, Christians have expressed joy and gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of freedom for the oppressed, healing for the brokenhearted, and salvation. --President George W. Bush"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." --Patrick Henry (original member of the Continental Congress)
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12 NKJ
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