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>Word of the Day: Behold

In Theology,Translation Services,Word of day on September 19, 2007 by mstevensrev

>Translation I guess is where both my career worlds meet. Check out this entry:

“Behold” in Mark
Chris Hamer-Hodges muses about the word behold in the Bible:
When the New Testament writers use the word “behold!” they do so to get our attention. They do so because what follows is of special significance and importance. The word “behold” itself in the English is not ideal, because it is not widely used today and so can make a passage seem dated or religious, and that certainly is not the intention. But it is hard to think of a better alternative, especially considering the literal translation is the imperative for look….
There is no single English word that fits. One phrase I thought of was, “Mark my words!” In a language that originally lacked punctuation, it could also be seen as a literary device similar to the exclamation mark or bold italics.
He goes on to give an example from Mark of how the writer uses behold to focus the reader’s attention to certain elements in the text.

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>Word of the Day; Boon

In Fun,Word of day on August 27, 2007 by mstevensrev

>There is an alcohol called boons and that was all that I had heard of. Today in the hymn we sang said, “Above all the ‘boons,’ I pray”. Okay why is it of the four people who we were in church with today, only Aidyn and I said, “What the?” Having no idea what it meant we looked it up as part of our family devotion today. It means a blessing. So above all blessings I pray. That’s cool huh. A prayer during blessing not just during pain.

Anyway the dictionary said, “A cool breeze is a blessing to a sailor.”


>Word of the day: Ruckus

In family,Fun,Word of day on August 22, 2007 by mstevensrev

>How much fun is this? Ruckus is one of those words that makes me want to run around, especially now since I am at the office, messing up desks and dance with trash cans. I am the only sales person (other than the president of our company but he doesn’t count on one level…he does alot more) so I am often the one causing the ruckus at Sinometrics.

Most of my life is about ruckus. Just the other day a friend of mine who has four kids was talking about how he realized that his kids are loud. At that moment my wife chimed in saying she thought our daughter was loud too. My friend interupted his thought, turned to my wife and said, “Oh yeah, your daughter is really loud.” Then after finishing his though state that he thinks she might be louder than his four kids combined! Karin and I agree with huge smiles. Our family loves to cause a ruckus, whether it is signing, dancing, or telling jokes something is usually going on. Amazingly the tenants that live in the unit under us renewed their lease, they must be hard of hearing!


>Phrase of the Day: sick house syndrome

In Fun,Word of day on August 17, 2007 by mstevensrev

>It amazing the things I learn with my job. We did some translation for a company named Barn Pros. They are expanding to Japan and need a PPT Deck translated for a presentation. While doing QA (Quality and Assurance) on some questions that were sent them from Japan. I came across this term. It is real and it cracks me up. Sounds like SBS is generic enough that you could blame anything on it.

The term “sick building syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. In contrast, the term “building related illness” (BRI) is used when symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be attributed directly to airborne building contaminants.



>Word of the Day; eclectic

In Fun,Word of day on August 15, 2007 by mstevensrev

>Being married to an artist I always thought that this word had artistic leanings, but after reading about it, it doesn’t have to. It means from different sources. Selecting the best of all that is around you and using it. Karin and I have always had an eclectic leading toward our decoration of our house and our over all world view. Some of that is out of necessity. When you are doing community development work you have to decorate with what you have. We are eclectic people, which makes us very difficult to figure out.


>Word of the day: Grace

In Evangelist,Word of day on August 14, 2007 by mstevensrev


Grace is a word that my time as a pastor taught me, is used all the time but very few people get it.  Bono went for it in U2 song Grace.
Grace Lyrics

I have even written stories about it and include it as the central them of my preaching.  Check out my Teddy Bear Post.

Last night Karin and I celebrated eight years of marriage (our anniversary is actually in six days but we got someone to watch the kid).  There is no better picture of grace in my life then my marriage.  I got married at 22 years old, and was a wanker.  Karin put up with a really hard person to deal with (still am) in me, and yet she would never see it that way.  Also as clueless and young as we were we were given an amazing and wonderful daughter.  Grace is more than a second chance, it is getting much more than you deserve.  Grace is celebrating eight years of marriage and knowing that God willing it is just the beginning of my time with Karin and being excited about it.

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>Word of the day: Scallywag

In Fun,Word of day on August 8, 2007 by mstevensrev


Scallywag, if I had a gang this is what I think we would call ourselves.  A rascal.  The term comes from the war between the states and the South would call Southern’s that would help the reconstruction scallywags.  I like how old-timey it sounds.  Like a good for nothing, but with some humor tied to it.

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>Word of the Day

In Fun,Word of day on August 8, 2007 by mstevensrev


Okay I work in translation and like languages.  So here goes.

Fartlek-a term used in running, Swedish I believe and if I understand it correct it is where the runner uses variable speed over one run to help in training.  Still not quite understanding the concept (which isn’t unusual when it comes to my training) but I love using this word as much as possible at the dinner table with my family. 

Such as, “I’m going on my fartlek today.”  “Aidyn did you fartlek?”  “Remember the good old days when we would fartlek around the city?”

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