A thought from the Chaplain

Shebbear CollegeFrom the Chaplain

Some might say I would get a comeuppance due to the marlakey I attempted to bloviate, but that was farcical! I could have had a pratfall, I did fear a kerfuffle but all I got was a bumfuzzled flight attendant and at first she appeared ornery, but then another attendant stepped in and was really doozy and fastidious in her labour.

There was no cattywampus and she did not lallygag at all. I did not give her a taradiddle or indeed a donnybrook; my approach was not cantankerous, nor was it cockamamie. Instead I was polite and with a smile on my chevy chase I told her the truth and tickety split everyone was tickety boo and I could stay in the seat next to my friend who I bumped into on the flight.

A true story from last week that is totally understandable, or maybe not! Often the words we use can be utterly confusing and nonsensical! What is a taradiddle, can you be doozy and is there such a word as cattywampus? (I do have a friend who uses it!)

Last week in Chapel Mr. Newitt told us about William Tyndall who was executed in 1536 for translating the Bible into English. However, within four years of his death his translation was being read throughout the english speaking world and, as a result the phrases he created to help us understand the Bible more clearly crept into our everyday language.

Phrases such as having a cross to bear, a fly in the ointment, a labour of love, a man after my own heart, a leopard cannot change his spots, peace offering, sign of the times, wolf in sheep’s clothing and baptism of fire. In total we still use over 120 of Tyndall’s biblical phrases highlighting that what we say and how we say affect our everyday lives for a long period of time.

This week’s Chapel theme has been taken from the second chapter of Philippians. St. Paul writes in the opening four verses about having a team spirit and how we can be like-minded. We can create team spirit in many ways, but I would like to suggest words play an important part of the creation of like mindedness and ethos. That is because they can be used in a positive manner to create good things, but they can also be used in a negative way to tear down what we have created. They can also be used to express clarity, but sometimes confusion, just look at my opening two paragraphs if you do not believe me. So as the term progresses, the school community is being encouraged to carry on building a team spirit based on our Christian ethos, and one of our first tasks this year is to work on using words that build up, affirm, care, love, rebuild and forgive. Hopefully creating a stronger togetherness and culture of honour amongst our school community.

I hope you can join us in this and I also hope you liked my doozy opening, come and find me if it baffled you!