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God gulf, godsmack

Posted by ESC on January 07, 2004

In Reply to: New phrase in our "open language" posted by pdianek on January 07, 2004

: : 'America is riven today by a "God gulf" of distrust, dividing churchgoing Republicans
: : from relatively secular Democrats.' (N. D. Kristof, today's New York Times)
: : "God gulf"? Is this a keeper?

: Nice alliteration, but it's not even true. Going to church (which, in fact, I do) doesn't mean one has a meaningful understanding of or closeness to God, or acts in healthy and holy ways outside church walls. But it's something people point to, to differentiate themselves from another. Silly, really.

: Interesting, though, the writer's choice of the word "riven", which is scarcely ever used in the US.

I'm not sure if that phrase has legs. It could have. It is interesting though, both the term and the fact that Republicans seem to be saying that God is on their side. A companion phrase that I found recently:

GODSMACK - "Creationists do generally agree with scientists that minor changes can occur within species over time.(but) they're likely to Godsmack anyone who suggests one creature could morph into another over eons." The Five-Minute Guide to Evolution," Esquire magazine, July 2003.