Christian Cuss Words

Y’know.. of all the sanitized ‘cuss words’ we Christians might use, like ‘darn!’, ‘snap!’, ‘nuts!’, ‘stink!’ or ‘garwsh’, it’s a wonder we don’t take our epithets straight from our Manual; exegete our expletives, if you will.

I’m thinking a word like ‘Shibboleth’ would make for a robust ‘Christian Cuss Word’.

With the right pronunciation, it creates a nice, rich, multi-syllable tone, suitable for all manner of imprecation. And the ‘sh’ phoneme has a crusty quality about it that lets the speaker invest quite a bit of angst into the utterance. The uniqueness of this vocalization is bound to raise an eyebrow or two …and what better way for the Believer to compel his audience once again to open up the Word and discuss the power of the tongue.

I’m thinking we should do this.

(for those of you that have no clue what I’m talking about, read )


And the Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead said to him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” When he said, “No,” they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites fell. (ESV)

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