30 January 2015
Only for philologists
In the Eponymous Flower blog, where one often finds examples of the creative use of the English Language, I have just spotted a ... to me ... novel, transitive, verb: "to emeritus". It appears to mean "to eliminate someone from Christian ministry". Good, yes? How splendid to see our ancient but flexible tongue responding so aptly to cultural needs.
Posted by Fr John Hunwicke at 10:27
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If too contrary, may he be made emeritus,
so that in matters perilous
nothing shall be spoken querulous,
let alone contrarian, scurrilous.
In this let there be preparedness,
lest veritas and inheritance
resist our virulance.
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