- Josh Lyman: Excuse me, Mr. President, what are you going to ask the Chinese refugee?
- President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet : I’m going to ask him to say “Shibboleth.” (West Wing, Season 2, Episode 8)
I had never heard the word when I saw this episode of ‘West Wing’. So, in order to not appear as ignorant as I was, I headed into the depths of Google to understand what had just been said.
The reference is to a Biblical story where the pronunciation of that word meant life or death. It was a password, if you will, that the two sides pronounced differently. Thus, it exposed possible spies.
But now it can mean several things:
1 a : a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning
b : a widely held belief
c : truism, platitude
2 a : a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group
b : a custom or usage regarded as distinguishing one group from others
The Ragtag Daily Prompt is: SHIBBOLETH
Take your pick, be modern or archaic but use the word to create a post. Write, draw, photograph or use whatever you wish in order to employ the power of this word.
Then, post that creation here, create a ping back and tag it with “RDP”, “Ragtag Daily Prompt”, and “shibboleth”. Come on back when you want and read how others employed the word.
Stay safe and well. I will see you next Sunday!