“Wordology” corrected and Stagner anticipates baseball
by Monty Stagner
Feb 20, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First things first kind readers, I have been besieged with much unsolicited admonition on my wordology (I made that up so don’t call, mom) since we last talked. As the more observant of you know (and all my readers are observant), I have been in the habit of referring you, my fine friends, and my esteemed editor with the word “gentile” from time to time. My answering machine had several messages this week informing me I probably meant “genteel”. “Gentile” is someone not of Jewish lineage, “genteel” being polite, courteous and well-mannered the messages relayed in tones not very genteel. To set the record straight, I meant what I wrote. As most of my genteel readers know, I buy my expensive photographic equipment from B&H Photo in New York City. B &H (commonly known on the streets as “beards and hats”) is owned and operated by Hasidic Jews and I hold them in the highest regard as I have written about extensively in the past. When using the word “gentile” I am letting my non-Jewish friends and editor know I value them equally! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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