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shibboleth

Shibboleth ‣ NOUN Shibboleth originally meant ear of corn in Ancient Hebrew. Today, because of a story in the bible, we use the word like this: For a test, based on distinctive pronunciation, of whether someone is in a particular ethnic or social group. More generally, for any practice, custom, or belief that serves to […]

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behemoth

Behemoth ■ N or ADJ ■     A great beast that God describes in the Bible (Job 40), Behemoth is something like a bad-ass hippo. Speakers today use behemoth to describe any kind of ginormous entity—especially huge and powerful organizations like Google or the NSA. The word originates from Hebrew, possibly based on the […]

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