Monday, April 29, 2013

Word of the Week - Scandal

I think we all know what a scandal is, and it's been in the English language pretty much forever. But there's a subtly to it I had never picked up on, and which one of our friends was talking about this weekend.

When one goes back to the original Greek skandalizein, the meaning isn't just "bad behavior, cause for offense," it's "to make one stumble." So a scandal isn't when one person goes astray...it's when a person leads someone else astray. Though right there in the definition, I've never paused to realize that before. But it makes total sense, doesn't it? Private sin can be terrible--but how much worse it gets when it becomes a public sin that leads others into it!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! =)

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