Your New/Old Word of the Day

A reading for Thursday, March 6, 2014: John 17:1-8.

Your new words of the day from the Oxford English Dictionary...

Emoji is a Japanese loanword referring to small digital images or icons that are used in texting and other electronic communications to express ideas and emotions. The similarity of emoji to the similar concept “emoticon” makes the word easy for English speakers to remember, but the resemblance is entirely coincidental: emoji is derived ultimately from the Japanese words e (picture) and moji (letter, character), whereas emoticon is from the English words emotion and icon.

Nappy valley, a pun on happy valley, is a humorous term for an area inhabited by large numbers of families with children. The term originated in New Zealand, but it has now been adopted in the UK as well. It is, however, unlikely to gain a foothold in North America, where nappies are called diapers.

Your old word of the day from John 17:1-8...

Eternal life, "that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." The term is an ancient middle eastern loanword that does not only mean what happens to you when you die, like an escape pod from life. Instead eternal life is a way of living, knowing God and Jesus Christ, and offering glory to God for life and breath and everything. It is a state of being, a mindset and sense of purpose. It is fundamental to all those that have been saved by God through Jesus Christ, and has gained a foothold all across the globe in the 2.1 billion people who call themselves Christians.


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