Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Word Today

Everyday I come across a word in my reading that makes me say, "Hmm." These words are usually not readily familiar to me and they cause a bit more contemplation before I move on. From time to time I would like to share a word or two with you. So, the Word for Today is:

cav·il - v. cav·iled, also cav·illed cav·il·ing, cav·il·ling cav·ils, cav·ils v. intr.
To find fault unnecessarily; raise trivial objections. See Synonyms at quibble.v. tr.
To quibble about; detect petty flaws in.
n. A carping or trivial objection.
[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillr, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.] cavil·er n.

Spurgeon: "Submission is our duty, cavilling is our folly."

6 comments:

FellowElder said...

Very helpful! I've had a habit for a couple years now of collecting words and phrases that authors use that are new or striking to me. Your use of the word with the Spurgeon quote... very helpful. thanks for improving my vocabulary this morning!
Thabiti

FellowElder said...

By the way, have you seen "Akeelah and the Bee"? Excellent movie.
T

LouLove said...

Hey Carter:
I have that same habit.
Good word.
Between you, the Puritans, and Leach, my vocab should one day be up to speed.

Hey Thabiti, I saw Akeelah and the Bee, you are right it is a good movie. Rare in our day that you can watch a good flick without compromising your eyes and ears!

ajcarter said...

I have not seen "Akeelah and the Bee". But I will make it a point to check it out as soon as I can.

Thanks guys. Can't wait to see you in November.

johnMark said...

Tony,

I just wanted you to see this video I posted about http://reformatabaptista.blogspot.com/2006/09/segregated-life.html

I thought you may appreciate it and have more insight than I.

Mark

John said...

I read the word "caviler" this morning and knew what it meant, thanks to you!... John Calvin was referring to a "caviler" in his commentary on Gen. 1.1 who believed "The Word" didn't come into existence until the beginning, as in the beginning of the heaven and earth...

Thanks!