Who Let Dem Saint Bernards Out?

January 31, 2010

Some random notes from and about the passing scene. . . .

1.   Excitement builds as Super Bowl XLIV approaches.  Interest in this sporting event will probably overwhelm the interest in the Winter Olympics being held in British Columbia.  I have been to British Columbia in recent years and much enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the international flavor of Whistler, BC, where a number of the Alpine events will be staged.  But I do admit that we will likely be more absorbed in the Super Bowl.  We’ve been to New Orleans–twice–and to the Miami area several times, and got lost several years ago while attempting to travel from Indianapolis (home of the Colts) to Champaign, Illinois.  So we have some scattered impressions of the venues involved in the annual extravaganza.
We will be backing the underdog Saints because we know one of the former Saints players, who was a safety on the team (when it became, unfortunately, the “Aints”) during most of the 1980s.  His parents became good friends of ours in Neodesha, Kansas, in the early 1960s and still are.
Besides who can resist the appeal of the call to arms that the Saints fans have adopted: “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”   “Who dat” will doubtless appear on a vast number of souvenir items, especially if dem Saints overcome the odds and win dat game!

2.   My immediate past posting about gaffes in the spelling of words (excellance/excellence, pubic/public, and Henry Gibson/Henrik Ibsen) was in part illustrated once again in a problem with a word in Sunday’s “Local and State” section.  Here is the complete sentence, about an artist who has found spiritual satisfaction in his wood sculptures (original column by Catherine Kozak of the Virginia-Pilot out of Norfolk):   “What began as an offer by Outer Banks artist Glenn Eure to create wood sculptures depicting the cruxification of Christ for his church turned out to be an emotionally wrenching marathon that tested his mettle and deepened his spirituality.”  Your two tasks: (1) identify the problem and (2) offer a correction, plus any exculpatory rationale that might in part get the reporter and the editors of our daily newspaper off the hook.

3.  Elder son offered to me this morning this interesting contribution, heard on WRAL-TV and spoken by a weather reporter, who observed that the problem with icy conditions would be around for “quite a little bit more longer.”   You betcha.

RJR

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10 Responses to “Who Let Dem Saint Bernards Out?”

  1. Daryl Cobranchi Says:

    Cruxification? Wow! That’s so far that my spell checker didn’t even offer up the correct “crucifixion.” As for an exculpatory rationale? I’ll merely offer up that at least 21,899 others have made that same mistake.

  2. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,
    We truly enjoyed Friday!

  3. Daryl Cobranchi Says:

    Maybe someday we could have a blogger’s breakfast in which those of us who have an 8 to 5 gig could participate.

  4. D. Says:

    “What began as an offer by Outer Banks artist Glenn Eure to create wood sculptures depicting the cruxification of Christ for his church turned out to be an emotionally wrenching marathon that tested his mettle and deepened his spirituality.”

    Should be “crucifixion” not “cruxification.”

    Crux is to be the a pivotal point of something (event, idea, action, etc.). In this case, the creation of his crucifixion sculptures has become the crux of his view, where he stands, and the emotional evolvement of his own spirituality.

  5. Forest Crump Says:

    The problem is with the spelling cruxification. They can get around it because a google search reveals this spelling is used by some and there is also crucifiction and crucifixion, the latter being the standard of course.

    A check of the index of my bible here, the term is not used, crucify, crucified, crucifying are used but not the term crucifixion, at least not in my NIV bible.

  6. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Daryl Cobranchi,
    We are trying to avoid your kind. 😆 (Just joking!!)

  7. Daryl Cobranchi Says:

    How ’bout scheduling one for Good Friday? That’s a holiday for me.

  8. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Daryl,
    There’s a “Good Fridays” with you around? 😆

  9. Raymond Rundus Says:

    Quick replies:
    (1) ‘mommydee” and “ForestCrump” took on the task I posed with good results: “crucifixion” is, I believe, the only sanctioned (by lexicographers/dictionary makers) spelling in English of the word. “Crux” is a relative (fairly distant actually, like maybe a second cousin) and also a useful and interesting word: “the crux of the matter” is almost a trite phrase.
    (2) Can’t help liking Tammy: both for her slightly malicious teasing and her goodhearted use of “emoticons.”
    (3) I think Darryl C. is owed a concession. Let’s seriously consider the morning of Good Friday, April 2, for the time after February’s assembly. (Let’s try also later this month for a nice walk, weather permitting, in the Cross Creek and Festival Park area, with Frank M. as our likely conductor and interpreter.
    (4) If you read the “NEXT” insert in Sunday’s “Observer,” you read about that irrepressible and admirable Santa Claus/Lochinvar/Lancelot Tom Cain and his “new flame,” who was surprised during the holidays with the presentation of an engagement ring by our very own and well-liked senior citizen friend. Maybe they will both join us at a “blogger” breakfast soon. Real soon, as none of us are getting much younger, except at heart.

    RJR

  10. Tammy Stephens Says:

    Raymond,
    “slightly malicious teasing”
    All out of good fun. I have a saying, if I don’t like ya, I don’t tease you. Just some humor. I admire the way Daryl speaks out.

    “Let’s try also later this month for a nice walk”
    I’m game, had a great time Friday.

    “Tom Cain”
    He is a wonderful man, and really made my children’s Christmas! He helped keep the belief in Santa alive. I was sick, so it really made my day. He is a role model for all.

    And since I’m speaking on a few here, Raymond you are admired by so many including me. You are very intelligent and have a great since of humor. I’m honored to call you a friend.

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