Diplomatic Cologne

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Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne” – Quentin Crisp. A euphemism is making something sound more pleasant than it really is like when one uses the term “passed away” for “dying.” There are a whole lot of euphemisms in the modern world and very few in the Bible.

Nope, the Bible is generally pretty direct, blunt, and to the point. No diplomatic cologne anywhere in there. However, there are many, many idioms! An idiom is a cultural metaphor understood at the time by most people. It is not literal, but rather symbolic, metaphorical. One idiom that has expired in my lifetime would be, “roll down the window.” We no longer have handles in our cars to crank and obviously I am not a suggesting anyone literally roll themselves down a window.

We can laugh, but kids already look at me strangely when I tell them to “dial a…

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