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Innuendo!

Abstract: How did you learn the meaning of "innuendo"? Word Alone President finds examples in "The Lutheran".

The latest missive (Innuendo - Out of the mouth of babes) from Pr. Jaynan Clark Egland, President of Word Alone is all about one of our favorite words innuendo, which she finds in The Bible Reads Sinners, a recent article in The Lutheran:
...I was in the video store with my children consulting the rating of a movie and wondering if it was appropriate for the whole family to view I heard my 13-year-old daughter read aloud, "Rated for intense action, some violence, brief strong language and innuendo." She turned and asked me, "What is innuendo, Mom?" I explained that it was a suggestion of something but didn't really show it. Later we went home and looked it up in the dictionary to find the definition to be, "An indirect or subtle and usually derogatory implication in expression,insinuation."
Having just read the article in The Lutheran and thinking to myself that it contained "innuendo" that was derogatory in its implication, I read to my daughter the above-mentioned section to which she commented, "They want to make you look like a bunch of old, grumpy people."
Interesting.
I went on and read to her the other portion that bothered me toward the end of the article in the subsection entitled "Reform efforts." "WordAlone says it wants to reform the ELCA in a number of ways, . . ." Then there is another laundry list that is quite becoming and accurate regarding the goals of WordAlone but as our 13-year-old child pointed out in her hearing of these words, "They want people to think you are liars who 'say' you are trying to reform the ELCA but they don't think you are."
She learned, by living it, what innuendo is and how derogatory it really can be. Out of the mouths of babes our Lord speaks clearly to us across His church. While what is said is important, how it is said and what is left unsaid is revealing. We may sometimes believe that even bad press is better than no press at all . . . yet, the time for a corrective on such invective is now.

(Vol. I, xxxvii July 26, 2007 )

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