Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Today's Word: Fangle

You might think you know about fangles, but you don't!

You probably have heard some disgruntled elderly person struggling with a shiny piece of electronics complaining about "new-fangled" toys and how things were better in the Good Old Days when men were Men and breakfast was a sit-down meal.

You probably snickered at their quaint colloquialism. But what you don't know is that the fangle has its roots in the bloodiest era of pirating and discord!

Fangle is actually another term for Pirate's booty! Yes! Fangle is the ill-gotten spoils of looting and riotous capture.

However, the original notion of fangling was far more sinister than even the fiercest hook-handed mutineer. Fangling was the term for misappropriation of the Holy Scriptures. And nothing, my friends, is more dangerous than changing words that are looked to by the masses for faith and direction. But it's been done, many times over - and if you look around you, it's probably happening right now. We should all be wary when people look to change or alter our most treasured documents - the Bible, the Constitution, or the text of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Something that is appropriated for your own devices, be it gold dubloons or ideas, is fangle.



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