photo credit: Ted Franks
In grade 7, I had a very strict and hyper-intelligent teacher — Mr. Bambrick.
Every week he would give us a list of complicated vocabulary words. He would tell us the origin of the word and we’d have quizzes for spelling AND meaning.
To this day, (that’s almost 30 years ago for anyone keeping track!) I will NEVER forget the origin of the word SINCERE.
It literally means SINE (without) CERE (wax). In ancient times, holes and cracks in stone statues were filled with wax as a way to hide imperfections. A statue that was without any imperfections was said to be “without wax” or SINCERE.
Now whenever I hear the word sincere, I always think of a noble, perfectly carved stone statue, and then I think of the countenance (another one of his vocabulary words) of Mr. B.
He inspired me to try and get along in this world “without wax” ever since!
I’m willing to bet you’ll never think of SINCERE the same way again.
What words have taken on a special meaning for you?