When most of us hear the word “idol,” in our mind’s eye we see a triumphant David Cook or Carrie Underwood belting their hearts out.

And while the “idol” in “American Idol,” has connotations of success and inspiration, the dictionary tells us that the meaning of the word is more complicated.

An idol is a venerated man-made object, like a carved figure or a painting. Idols are worshiped as deities, and worshipers often treat idols as if they were alive. For example, it’s common practice for idols to be given food or bathed.

In the Christian and Jewish traditions, the word “idol” is used to refer to deities other than their own god. In this context, idol is a sign of blasphemy. One of the Ten Commandments (“You shall have no other gods before me”) prohibits idolatry.

The word was once used in Latin to mean “false god,” and the Greek root of idol is eidolon, which means both “appearance” and “apparition.”

In the popular talent show, the young idols don’t receive worship and prayer. But they do attract excessive adoration and envy. They are idolized.

This meaning of the word is likely what punk legend Billy Idol was after when he chose his stage name. Billy Idol was born William Michael Albert Broad. A teacher called Broad “idle” when he was young, inspiring his name.

Strictly homophones, idle and idol share neither meaning nor etymology, though it’s doubtful an American Idol can succeed by being idle.

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Charleston Daily Mail August 19, 1998 | CHARLOTTE FERRELL SMITH DON’T be fooled by their youth.

They are the experts and they have spoken.

Those in charge of fancy advertising and exotic window displays can try all they want to dictate fashion. But we asked those with the real power – the kids who wear the clothes.

Without them, all highfalutin attempts to set trends are futile.

So, we got the scoop on cool back-to-school clothes from those in the know.

Meet the panel.

David Wroth, 2, is a preschooler at Bream Center for Childhood Development. Beth Slack, 6, is a first-grader at Belle Elementary School. Christian Shamblin, 9, is a fourth-grader at Bonham Elementary School. Emily Myers, 13, is an eighth-grader at Sissonville Middle School. Joshua Cosby, 18, is a senior at South Charleston High.

Even at age 2, David has his preferences. His mother, Lori Wroth, enrolled him at Bream, where his grandmother, Ruth Ferrell, taught for 16 years. Maybe Mom can pick the school, but David knows what he wants to wear when he gets there.

He picked out a backpack with a bright Mickey Mouse on it.

His mother, a seasoned kindergarten teacher, likes him in one- piece outfits. But David wants shorts or jeans and T-shirts with cars, trucks or trains on the front. Even his mother’s expert negotiating skills do not deter him.

He will make an exception. The one-piece, striped bibs with engineer-style hat make him look like a conductor. He loves trains.

The short Oshkosh bibs were purchased on sale for $16 at a Parkersburg store. The hat, a gift from his grandmother, was bought on a trip to Amish country.

His mom, who likes to shop frequently for David’s clothes, could not name a school clothes budget.

Our 6-year-old expert said clothes were pretty basic in kindergarten, but first-grade will be cooler. Beth Slack has a penchant for platform shoes and floppy hats.

“I like hippie clothes,” Beth said. “That’s like baggy pants and jackets.” April Slack, Beth’s mother, figures she spent about $200 on back- to-school outfits for her daughter. This covers the cost of one dress, two pairs of jeans, one pair of bibs, three shirts, and two shorts outfits.

On a recent visit to Kaufmann’s at Charleston Town Center, Beth modeled the type outfit she would like to wear to class.

She chose loose-fitting, wide-legged jeans ($27.99), purple cotton shirt with rainbow emblem ($14.99), shiny purple waist-length jacket ($27), and shiny purple tennis shoes ($29.99).

Meanwhile, our fourth-grade model browsed through the Charleston Department Store.

Christian Shamblin likes everything one size too big with the exception of tennis shoes. He likes Nike and Reebok brands, but it was a pair of Tommy Hilfiger bib overalls ($58) that caught his eye. He tried them on with a red Nike shirt ($15.98). He also picked a pair of brown Timberland boots ($54.98).

However, he admitted he’s more into comfort than fashion and will wear sweats or any brand of jeans. He doesn’t mind that his parents don’t splurge on a lot of back-to-school clothes. They buy the basics, but he gets the bulk of his clothes as birthday or Christmas gifts. web site dress long black

Emily Myers, 13, likes to shop at DEB at Charleston Town Center.

She once found quite a bargain there. Pointing out her black clunky shoes, she said, “These were marked down from $20 to $3 and I got 25 percent off that. I got these shoes and three pairs of socks for $4.77.” Her budget for the entire school year, including clothes and supplies, will run about $300. So far she has a new dress, long black skirt, five tops, and two pairs of shorts.

She figures she still needs tennis shoes and a couple of pairs of jeans.

And she likes the layered look.

Browsing through DEB, she put together an outfit including tan jeans ($24.99), solid green T-shirt ($7.99), and green plaid button- up shirt ($12.99).

Our oldest model, senior Joshua Cosby, likes to shop at The Gap or American Eagle at Charleston Town Center.

“My clothes budget is higher this year because I’m getting stuff for senior pictures,” he said. “I’ll probably spend $300 for tennis shoes, two or three pairs of pants and five or six shirts.

“I like name brands like Tommy, Nautica, American Eagle or Gap,” he said.

“I’m more conservative. Some people call it preppy. I don’t like to wear it hanging off my waist and that kind of stuff.” In quest of clothes for his senior portrait, he shopped at The Gap where he chose putty-colored, front-pleated khaki pants ($29.50), Gap logo athletic T-shirt in gray ($18.50), navy-and-cream plaid flannel shirt ($38), and brown leather belt with brass buckle ($19.50).

So, there you have it. That concludes our back-to-school fashion survey from the true trendsetters.

Charlotte Smith can be reached at 348-1246.


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  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 20, 2013 - 3:27 am

    An idol is a man-made thing that is worshiped. It doesn’t have to be a gold statue or wooden carving or something like that. It is anything you value more than God. An idol could be a credit card, a popular singer, a basketball star.

    There is only one true God, the God of the Bible. Idols are an example of the sin in this world. We all have chosen to disobey God (Romans 3:23). Therefore, we all deserve eternal death in Hell (Romans 6:23). We are in a hopeless position: sinners condemned to burn in Hell forever, with no way of getting out. Nothing we can do will get us to Heaven (Ephesians 2:9). But there is good news! God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this world because He loves us and doesn’t want us to be sent to Hell (John 3:16, 1 John 4:9). He lived the perfect, sinless life so that He could be a perfect sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10). Jesus was crucified and buried, and then, three days later, God raised Him to life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He took the wrath of God that we deserved and paid our debt. To accept this gift of eternal life, first pray something like this:

    “Dear God, I know I’m a sinner and nothing I do can get me to Heaven. I want to accept Your gift of life. I’m sorry for all the wrong things I’ve done, and I repent of them now. Please come into my heart and forgive my sins. Help me to live only for You. Thank you for saving me from my sins. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

    Then turn away from your sins and begin to live for Christ. You are a new person, born again with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Find a strong, Bible-believing church so that you can learn more and grow in your faith and your walk with God. Oh, and anyone who does this doesn’t have say so.

  2. XRebzX -  April 11, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    This article is pretty damn close, but it doesn’t represent the whole truth of what an Idol really is. An Idol is ACTUALLY a specific person that one looks up to who is FOLLOWED, but not worshiped. If all Idols were worshiped and not followed, then pretty much everyone would be off their own rocker. It also says in the bible that an Idol is a “false god”, but it’s not a false god UNLESS YOU WORSHIP IT LIKE ONE! In other words, An Idol is just someone that is looked up to, while a false god is a Delusion.

    Know that we do have heroes, but some people sometimes call themselves heroes but are not really heroes, because what heroes are supposed to do is not even give a shit about thinking they’re a hero and save peoples lives as a matter of life and death. For example, do you people remember a person in the U.S Army in Baghdad being reported on NBC Nightly News who smothered a grenade with his body, saving the lives of four nearby soldiers? That is a prime example of heroism.

  3. muslim girl -  December 18, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    hey .. I’m a muslim … And nowdays here in the middle east we have too a porgram called ” arab idol ” I decided to search about the meaning of ” idol ” I subrised when I knew its meaning coz we ” muslims ” don’t believe in idols … And to who said we treat kaaba as an idol ” it’s wrnog coz kaaba isn’t the god ” Allah ” it’s just like symbol Allah told us to build it we dont idolise it ..
    p.s ,, sorry for my bad english

  4. N7xMartinx666 -  October 26, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    come to think of it…. americans do worship celebrities like gods… i mean, who cares what j-lo does while she is in vacation?
    why not stick your noses in good things like stem cell research?

  5. A-18-K -  October 10, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    @ Doctor Blakk
    I beg to differ with you – you think that Mouse is making Christians appear like a bunch of ignorant buffoons? What about yourself? You sure don’t speak like a Christian…

    First off, evolution has in no way been proven. Evolutionists are a bunch of either blind people, or those we are so immensely stubborn that they refuse to admit their err.
    The only big bang that happened was when God spoke it and it came into existence.

    There was enough water. Don’t you read your Bible? It says: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven were opened…There was water pulled from below and above. There was a firmament of water above the heavens – didn’t you read that in the part of the creation? C’mon, you claim to be a Christian…you should know your basic Genesis.
    And since God is Almighty, don’t you think that he could keep those which obeyed him safe? As well as aquatic life?
    And it wasn’t just two of each kind, it was two of all the unclean animals and seven of all the clean animals. You’re the ignorant one, don’t you know these simple things? You should have kept silent, because you really make yourself look like a fuddy duddy. Sorry, but you do. And even if there was only two of every kind – remember – God’s Almighty, he can cause that to replenish the earth. I mean…hello…all the millions of people in the world only started with two.
    The entire world was flooded. The man who wrote about it wasn’t even there (that being Moses), but he was given inspiration by One who was there, that is, God Himself. The Bible says that the water covered everything, even over the highest mountain.

    God can and will one day put a stop to the evil in this world. But what He is waiting for is for His last few to come into the fold. The judgement day is coming, when He will judge men for his wickedness. The world is coming to an end, there are signs of the end of the world…all this perversion as well as all these natural disasters as well as these wars and rumors of wars – it’s all things that the Bible spoke of in prophesies.

    You don’t have to believe all these things, and you most likely will snub what I say if you ever read it, but – Doctor Blakk – I tell you what, one day you will believe what I say…let’s hope it’s not in a day that is too late.

  6. mughees -  October 10, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    useful information, but i was expecting something else.
    the window showed” why USA was named America”the link was resulted as American idol. can we get the answer of this question ”why was America named after a Italian explorer.

  7. Disapointed dude -  October 10, 2011 - 11:53 am

    Ok really people! Ok for the Creationists you shouldn’t argue because of anger and the reason people don’t believe in God and the rest of the Trinity is because of Us Christians! We contradict our belief SO much it isn’t funny. I mean we are supposed to act righteous and refrain from evil and do we? NO! We go with the flow! I go With the flow! I may sound all spiritual and stuff but really I’m not that much different from you! If you saw me walking down the street you wouldn’t think “Wow there is something really different with that guy!” NO you would think….”oh just another 13 year old walking down the road with some friends going to get into trouble.” And me and my friends probably WOULD!! I’m probably just messed up as the next person! My fellow Christan’s WE NEED TO REFORM before badgering other people for there beliefs. IF WE REFORM we won’t need to work at our ministry! We will just do what we would do in that situation any ways! REALLY REALLY work on the reformation of self. because through you you can change your church, you house hold, your neighborhood, your town, YOUR COUNTRY just through one person. YOU!

  8. live -  October 10, 2011 - 10:51 am

    if you believe in God there’s no way you can support american idol but if don’t believe in God then why not?

  9. Ginger -  October 10, 2011 - 8:59 am

    There is an opinion that America got its name because of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. At least I remember it that way from school. But what does this have to “idols” and “idle” still remains a mystery.
    And, by the way, I agree with Tobias Mook and also would like to say that all our ancestors a long time ago worshiped different Gods, I mean a lot of them at the same time. And there is no one, who is an exception to that; therefore we all have ancestors, who were idolaters (from our today’s point of view).
    If you truly believe, there is no need to impose on other people. Just believe, that’s the point.

  10. Doctor Blakk -  October 10, 2011 - 8:09 am

    @Mouse: I loved reading your little rant. It made my day.
    I can honestly say it was the best imitation of logic I’ve ever seen.
    Now it’s time for an itemized debunking.

    -Evolution has essentially been proven.
    -Most atheists believe that the universe wasn’t created. Most believe it has always existed and will continue to exist. Some believe it is in an endless cycle of Big Bangs and Big Crunches (as I do); some believe it is in a sustained state; some believe it will continue to expand from the epicenter of the Big Bang until it rips apart in the Big Rip.
    -I am an existentialist. I believe everything, ultimately, is meaningless. That doesn’t mean I have no will to live, or that anybody has the right to take my life, or that I have the right to take anybody else’s. You also seem to assume that anybody non-religious has no morals. I appreciate your bigotry.
    -Your little bit “If evolution were true, why would we have different species of animals? We wouldn’t.” was completely illogical, and blatantly showed that you didn’t take the time to educate yourself. I’ll have a hard time debunking this point, though, because I have no idea what you could possibly use as a basis for that belief.
    -Individual people and animals do not change their physical characteristics according to their surroundings, but species do.
    -Science (archaeology is a science, so I am not including it here) and history prove many events in the Bible to be true, but only if the events are looked at in the right light. I’ll use Noah’s Ark as an example. (However, I will not go into as much detail as I could, because if I did, this post would be excessively long to a greater degree. I apologize in advance if anything is not as clear as it could be.)

    Supposedly, it rained the world-over for 40 days and 40 nights. There is not enough water in the world to have rained this much and still sustained a significant amount of aquatic life. Even if there were, the air would have become so humid that all of the people and animals would have drowned in it. This would be the end of all life. (On an unrelated note, two of a species is not NEARLY enough to repopulate a small area, let alone the entire planet; the gene pool is far too small.)
    If you understand that the people of that area and time period had no idea how expansive the planet beyond the area in which they live is, you greatly reduce the area of land that was flooded. And there IS evidence that, about that time and location, there was a terrible flood. Suddenly, a Bible story is plausible for everybody.

    -If there is an “almighty God who loves” us, then explain the famine and sickness in the world. You could blame it on Satan, but here’s the problem with that:
    If God can but won’t stop evil, He is not loving.
    If God would but can’t stop evil, He is not almighty.
    If God could and would stop evil, there would be none.
    If God can’t and won’t stop evil, he is neither almighty nor loving. Why call Him God?

    Now, please think about these things, Mouse, and I beg of you, being myself a Christian, stop representing us as a bunch of ignorant buffoons.

  11. A Christian -  October 10, 2011 - 8:05 am

    It says in the Bible not to have idols and so I stay away from American Idol. And, sometimes, we can make the TV or a certain show our “idol”. So I just stay away from it. Plus I only listen t Christian music anyways, so I don’t listen to bad language or anything, because I just don’t want to hear it.

  12. hightailed -  October 10, 2011 - 6:55 am

    what is wrong with you people? what your basicly doing is telling each other to go to hell just because you believe or dont believe! believers, do you think god wants you to reject other human beings just because they dont believe? and nonbelievers, no believer cares what you say, they arent changing their minds. just hear me out kay?

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