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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.

CHARLOTTE FERRELL SMITH

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137 Comments

  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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?

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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?

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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  13. makhdoom rafique -  October 10, 2011 - 5:32 am

    All God/god/godesses of word are ignorant and mediocre. They do not know about microbes, the matter, dinosauers and I.T. Would you please gather up all God/god/goddesses to join Kindergarten for study? Their views and ideas are so weak to accept for happy life.

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  14. makhdoom rafique -  October 10, 2011 - 5:20 am

    I am at a loss to understand as to why you have mentioned its heading as Why you people call America. When we opened it and found that there is something different stuff. It’s cheap trick by dictionary.com

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  15. muddi -  October 10, 2011 - 5:15 am

    ne muddi…….ne dhoddi…em peekutharo peekkkondi

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  16. Makhdoom Rafique -  October 10, 2011 - 5:15 am

    Idolatory is strictly prohited in Abrahamic religions. In Islam idol is a sign of blasphemy.

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  17. Richard -  October 10, 2011 - 3:39 am

    Why do they change the word to idle

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  18. Alex -  October 10, 2011 - 12:28 am

    Wow, bring gods onto the Internet, and you definitely get preachers and purists all around the place. Bravo. You know, I believe in a higher force that may, may, I say, have created us. Doubt he was alone, though. But I don’t live my life by the Bible, point said. Because my life would be very, very boring. I follow some commands and I share beliefs with Jesus of Nazareth (not killing peoples for nothing, loving each other equally), but I principally follow my feelings. Don’t forget that “God” can be pretty much anything. I think it’s mainly to have something to believe into, something that can give you strength. Oh, and to “Mouse” : who knows if creation is the action of ‘oh the almighty Lord’ ? You can see the wind, you can touch the wind, you can feel the wind. He never manifested Himself to me. And yes, evolution exists, no matter how you try to reject and replace it with your ideology. Those differents species were created from far long gone species. Like the wolf turning into a dog. It’s science, buddy, and you can’t argue with that, unless you’re too butthurt to be rational. How about you leave others to speculate about life while you go pray in your corner ? Respect differents beliefs.

    “Religion is like a dick. It’s okay to have a dick, it’s okay to be proud of it. But you don’t go around shoving it in someone’s throat !”

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  19. From "America" Idol -  October 10, 2011 - 12:20 am

    “Jesus take the wheee-hee-heeel!! Take it from my haaaaaand!!♪

    …..(facepalm)

    And who named America? God? Please internet link, do your job and don’t redirect.

    …..(double facepalm)

    (Song continues… A guy pukes.)

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  20. aeysah -  October 10, 2011 - 12:15 am

    idolatry?

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  21. Cassie -  October 9, 2011 - 10:49 pm

    @Marx Lenn Mendoza
    I think people tend to pray to statues and such because it is easier for them to talk to something they can visualize than something they can’t. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are worshipping an idol, just giving a face to God, whom they are praying to, or to a Saint, who is God’s servant.

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  22. Tobias Mook -  October 9, 2011 - 8:51 pm

    Woot! Religious wars on the internet! :) classic dictionary…

    If you don’t believe in god, ignore the idiots. If you believe in God (or Gods) would God want you to fight with none-believers? Hope you all see what I’m trying to say here.

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  23. Archon -  October 9, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    I found it interesting and disappointing that the teaser on the main page talks of why the USA is named America. I logged in hoping to find a little history about Amerigo Vespucci; instead I’m mired in a can’t-prove-it-so-I’ll-shout-it mudslinging match. I’d suggest that all you children play nice, but if you did, it wouldn’t be half as entertaining. If anyone runs out of insults, or unprovable claims, I’ve got a bunch in my closet that I could let you have.

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  24. Nats -  October 9, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    Are you guys applying what you have written here? It seems that everyone is fighting what is right and wrong about the bible. The most important thing is, we live our life according to what the Lord had commanded.

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  25. Vanessa -  October 9, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Am I the only one who’s confused here? The link from the Dictionary.com homepage said ‘Learn who named America and why.’ This article is about the word ‘Idol.’ What is happening? Or is it just me who has this problem?

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  26. The Demon Ira -  January 31, 2011 - 7:35 am

    Idols in the Bible Sense, are not the same as in the Sense of American Idol.

    Idol in the Title “American Idol” means “One that is looked up to.” Not “An Object of Worship.”

    By the Gods, You people worry too damn much. Even Pagans understand that this is a silly arguement.

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  27. Smack -  January 27, 2011 - 10:23 pm

    Emily, you have restored my faith in commenters on this site. Pun intended.

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  28. Smack -  January 27, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Good Lord, are you people actually quoting the Bible in these comments? But.. this.. doesn’t.. even… *slumps in defeat*. Forget it. Carry on.

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  29. hi -  January 27, 2011 - 11:31 am

    hi bye

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  30. Franco -  January 26, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Correction. It’s not that offensive to <> religious. For Christians it’s just a case of what you are referring to with the word. Moreover, the offensive thing isn’t the idol itself, but the point of giving to it what only the true God deserves.
    I’ll say something to some commentators here, please. First, don’t pretend talking for differents religions when you don’t know about them. Second, you have no right to put every religions in the same nutshell.

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  31. ag -  January 25, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    @carl

    yup it’s fun but look, try to read the comments you’ll notice that most of the people are trying to prove they are correct and others were wrong… as quoted;

    (not emo….. “by trying to shove our Bible down others throats!!!!!!!!”

    I think it would be more sensible if the comments would be in a form of question like 1.do catholics really worship/pray to statues? why muslims believe jesus is a prophet? why does buddhists/hindus believe in reincarnation? those are the questions which should’ve been raised again its not to debate on it but to learn from it… =)

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  32. Carl -  January 25, 2011 - 8:37 am

    I didn’t think anyone was fighting, this discussion provided a good opportunity for people to express opinions on a most important subject. Fun fun!!

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  33. ThatOneDude -  January 25, 2011 - 8:13 am

    My dad has a bow and arrow too.

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  34. ag -  January 24, 2011 - 10:36 am

    @Not emo….not gothic….just different

    totally agree with you champ

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  35. Not emo.....not gothic.....just different. -  January 24, 2011 - 5:57 am

    wow why would of thought that my one little comment would start all this fighting. ROFL!!!!!!!!! Really people does it really matter? I mean the fighting, does it matter? We christians are giving ourselves bad names by trying to shove our Bible down others throats!!!!!!!! Jesus was a perfect gentleman and if you didnt want him he left you alone…..well if others dont want to believe leave them alone!!!!!!!

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  36. ag -  January 23, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    PEOPLE…. Hold your horses! we shouldn’t be fighting/debating about what to believe or not.. this article is about the etiology of the word idol itself nothing else it just got side tracked..

    We should learn to respect other’s belief when it comes to GOD/JESUS/ALLAH/JEHOVAH/RELIGION/SCIENCE/CHARLES DARWIN/JOSE RIZAL/ROSA MYSTICA/WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH etc..

    we need to accept the fact that we really dont know anything and there is no sense in forcefully feeding what you want other people to believe because you believe that what you have is the truth..

    There are things we know, we shouldn’t know and we don’t know.. learn from it not debate on it.

    people who claim they knew everything about what really happened are idiots and doesn’t accept the fact that they really don’t know anything at all…

    peace guys just sharing my thoughts..

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  37. Carl -  January 23, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Quoting MSB:

    “On topic, I notice that knowing the etymology of words seldoms makes much difference. People have their ingrained belief of meanings and even when shown how those beliefs don’t hold water they huddle them closer and find whatever excuse necessary to explain their correctness. They know the “truth” and the real truth be … sent to oblivion.”

    Nice post. Sounds like delusion to me. Which brings me to Mouse’s comments:

    “To “yaya” and any others whom it may concern –

    God is most definitely real. Just because you cannot see Him does not mean He is not real. Like the wind. Can you see the wind? No. But you know it’s real because you see the effects of it. The same is true of God. God is real because you can see His effects – for instance, creation. His fingerprints are everywhere. And if you are an atheist, or a nihilist, or an evolutionist, or whatever your worldview may be, you are saying that everything is here for no reason and that life, humans, and the universe in general is meaningless. To be quite frank, that there is no point in living. If these philosophies were true, then the Holocaust, abortion, suicide, murder, and euthanasia would all be deemed just and right because life has no point anyway. This is not true! I cannot stress that enough. God is real, and creation is right because evolution could not be. Why would we have different species of animals if evolution were true? We wouldn’t. Animals and people do not change their physical characteristics according to their surroundings. Science, archaeology and history prove every aspect of the Bible to be true.

    Please take this into consideration and do a little soul-searching before you reject the almighty God who loves you. Thank you for your time, and may you have a lovely day.

    -Mouse”

    Mouse, you have it all wrong. I don’t subscribe to a label when it comes to my spirituality because it’s mine and no one elses. God and I have a truly unique relationship. But God, to me, is not a deity. God is not an idol. God is a concept/idea that man has capitalized on for his own purposes. Mostly to answer unknown questions, but often to build armies. And this is where you have it all wrong. I do not believe that life is pointless. And your analogy with the wind is juvenile. There are times in the past when man did not know what air or atmosphere was, and wind was indeed a heavenly/supernatural occurance.

    In the future, we will have replaced all of our superstitions with knowledge, or there will be no future. So I guess this will be after God herds up his sheeple and leaves the world to the rational-minded folks. This is assuming that the fanatics don’t create themselves, the rapture that they prophesize.

    Dan MC:

    ““You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Spoken by Jesus, these words seem to seldom be followed, especially by those who are intent on following the word of God closest. It seems unnecessary to post comments on this blog, spewing out endless religious knowledge. It seems wrong to speak out against those with different belief systems. I commend those who stick to what they believe, but (I hesitate to say this when I know who will be reading this) nobody has all the right answers. You should try to be a good person on your own accord, not because some greater being dictates what is right and wrong. Bibliolatry always leads to no good. Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church as an example.

    In addition, this blog is about the etymology of words, there is really no place for expressing your religious beliefs here. I only wrote this to try to prove a point.”

    …Bravo!! My hat’s off to you.

    And as far as American Idol- what a waste of time and a shameless capitalistic exercise that takes advantage of the lower-brow population. Just like the music industry as a whole, Hollywood, and most entertainment.

    Breathoffreshair: I love your romanticism. But you don’t mention any of the opposite descriptions of life, such as “cruel, painful, predatory, ruthless, desperate”. So with those things in equal abundance as beauty, etc., is God responsible for creating those things too? Your argument for God is romantic, but not logical.

    And finally, to Drax: Simple logic, straightforward and obvious. You’re right, you can’t argue religion with the faithful, for their faith has empowered them beyond all cognitive faculty. I prefer a reason-based spirituality that can at the same time reduce me to mind-gaping awe at the beauty or possibility of the universe, but still allow me to alter my beliefs and ideas as new information comes to light.

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  38. Meghana -  January 23, 2011 - 5:54 am

    This is not so intresting but some what nice one not too boring.

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  39. Drax -  January 22, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    I really enjoy reading the comments for these blogs. It is fascinating how so often the topic ends up on religion (of course this one started on it). Than you get all the comments trying to prove a point to another narrow minded individual. When it comes down to it, you can’t argue religion. Religion is faith based; therefore there will never be proof. On the other hand, science is filled with theory. I am looking forward to see how this never ending debate plays out in future hot word blogs.

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  40. wordjunkie -  January 22, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Hey SQEEF, thanks for making me laugh.

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  41. Mike -  January 21, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    *was (not “is)

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  42. Mike -  January 21, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    Or read a book. The second place winners for discounting Christianity would have to be a close thing between The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins or an equally famous book written by an atheist. First place, obviously, the bible itself.

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  43. Isabel -  January 21, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    hot word, r u nuts its just a show anyways let them name their show the way they want it ok? thank u.

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  44. Mike McKelvy -  January 21, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    This thing is completely out of hand. There are three monotheistic Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They all stem from the absolute certainty that there is “one God”. There is, indeed, one God for humanity or the entire Theistic structure falls like a house of cards built by idiots.

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  45. Isabel -  January 21, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    i mean random math student

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  46. Isabel -  January 21, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    And i agree with RMS(Radom Math Student).

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  47. Isabel -  January 21, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    IM A JEHOVAH WITTNESS.And there’s a differnce between “idol” and “idle”.

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  48. Oh Brother -  January 21, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    Yo Smoothius…

    Who says carbon dating is an exact science… except those who invented it… or those wanting it to be to be true to substantiate some ridiculous claim.

    And perhaps you need to “get a clue” and read the first couple chapters of Genesis. That account does not state God said “big bang” and then started an evolutionary cycle. It says He created man in His own image. Not that He created us as ooze so we’d eventually become an erect-standing humanoid.

    I don’t know where you guys base this nonsence. Most all of it dis-proves itself within 100 years of being written and yet you all still fall after it like its so much better than accepting God. You’d rather be a monkey’s son… than a child of God. Find the intelligence in that… while you veg-out on American Idol.

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  49. Mike -  January 21, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    That useless show sure idles much of America. How many hours per week are wasted gazing at that show. People don’t care that the banks are backend raping them as long as they can watch American Idol. I am amazed at what we have reduced ourselves to.

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  50. A Really Good Person Named Julia -  January 21, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Quatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Aghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, and Lebanon. Thank you very much.

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  51. SQEEF -  January 21, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Marshmallows are not real. There is probably no evidence or lack of, that one can provide for another that will change beliefs. You either do or do not believe. Just looking at the sheer arrogance and male dominance of the marshmallows, its plain to see that it was all created by bored goat herders.

    Try to take a step back from your pious arrogance, forget the fact that a marshmallow may be whispering notions of evil into to my heart and yours, and just try to hold the idea (look at humanity through the eyes of someone unaffected by bias, ethics, morals and beliefs) that all marshmallows were and are human made, changing through the ages. Made to explain and by some others to exploit.
    Mouse – you clearly haven’t the first clue how marshmallows work – just all deception and lies. I do not claim to be an expert, but I understand the basis. More plausible a marshmallow. Just and right? Why not just try to make everyone’s short existence a pleasurable one.
    Blacknbeatiful – ‘Where you’ll end up?’ I am afraid we all end up in the same state. A marshmallow bag, as we were before we popped into existence.

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  52. SQEEF -  January 21, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    God is not real. There is probably no evidence or lack of, that one can provide for another that will change beliefs. You either do or do not believe. Just looking at the sheer arrogance and male dominance of the church its plain to see that it was all created by bored goat herders.

    Try to take a step back from your pious arrogance, forget the fact that Satan may be whispering notions of evil into to my heart and yours, and just try to hold the idea (look at humanity through the eyes of someone unaffected by bias, ethics, morals and beliefs) that all religion was and is human made, changing through the ages. Made to explain and by some others to exploit.
    Mouse – you clearly haven’t the first clue how evolution works – just all deception and lies. I do not claim to be an expert, but i understand the basis. More plausible a god. Just and right? Why not just try to make everyone’s short existence a pleasurable one.
    Blacknbeatiful – ‘Where you’ll end up?’ I am afraid we all end up in the same state. Oblivion, as we were before we popped into existence.

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  53. advanced path -  January 21, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    eminem is the best rapper of all time, loosers

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  54. advanced path -  January 21, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    I told the world, one day I would pay it back!

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  55. Anonymous -  January 21, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    How selfish of you to think there’s a God who first gave you life and must now cater to your prayers. You’d think “His” followers would have been blessed with something higher than a 98 average IQ

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  56. sherryyu -  January 21, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    wow i never knew that!

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  57. Sez -  January 21, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    “American Idles” good one hehe

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  58. Carlo -  January 21, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork
    -Psalm 19:1

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  59. liz -  January 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    who is the writer on this blog? i’m really sorry for you. How do you cope with all the things people say to you????

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  60. Zapermunz -  January 21, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Ok for starters god couldn’t be real for we have no effect by him plus everything has a reason like we were made by the eveolution of our species.
    And god has no impact no true figure or anything thus makeing him not real.
    You could think what you want but if we stop beliveing in fairy tales that is when we can do something better with our race as Humans.

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  61. saytain -  January 21, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    rofl rofl rofl

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  62. kn2011 -  January 21, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    The christians never fail to amaze me. When u go into a church and see a statue of christ or mary, cross urself. U keep statues and pics of them in ur house. Then we have the crosses – more kissing of that. The orthodox are the worse. The kiss the paintings. During the epitaph, the make a coffin for christ then worship and kiss that. Take one guess who the idol worshippers are! U want to follow the bible but cant follow a simple instruction that moses received when he approached the burning bush. Yip u know what it is. No shoes on holy ground. Guess ur churches are not holy ground!

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  63. ;) -  January 21, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    @Mouse You can’t assume that because one is an atheist, they are a person without a will to live. That’s affirming the consequent; if someone is “that” then they are “this.” Like assuming because there is a hole in the ground, a rabbit lives there – because rabbits live in holes. To equate your rabbit to an atheist would be a stretch though, because atheists are not such hole-dwellers to begin with (that’s an even more FUNDAMENTAL flaw in your thinking).
    Look, I can make a meta-faux-r too.
    I’m not a professed atheist either, just a person trying to find his way in the world. I will find my way on my own two legs, with the good Sun as my companion. Life is life, your fate is being worked this moment – do not look to your afterlife for guidance. Putting such stock in such an after-image, a heaven the result of your accumulated good deeds, is dangerously close to idolatry, isn’t it? Leave your pride at the door on the way out, at least.

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  64. Carlo Mendoza -  January 21, 2011 - 11:41 am

    The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. -Psalm 19:1

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  65. Flying Spaghetti Monster -  January 21, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Enough bickering mortals !!!! For I am your true god !!! I am the Flying Spaghetti Monster !!! You must all repent and eat a bowl of meatballs and spaghetti or be eternally damned !!!

    Don’t think do it now. And how dare you question my all powerful mightiness for I created you and all of everything in creation. And I say so, so it must be right and my holy scripture says so too, and it is irrefutable proof. Unlike all those unproven theories of evolution and all those other lying gods and their unholy scriptures !!!

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  66. Garry -  January 21, 2011 - 10:48 am

    I hate American Idol, And for those who find it offensive need to get a life and stop being Jesus freaks, For realz.

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  67. Okay.... -  January 21, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Actually, with radiocarbon (C-14) dating we must estimate a ENORMOUS amount of carbon in animal bodies–far greater than living ones–if we are to give them more than a few thousand years’ lifespan.

    The motion-detecting lateral line on a fish, the coexistence between tooth-cleaner fish and their natural predators, the way a bird is SPECIFICALLY adept for all the requirements of flight, the PERFECT way the Earth can support life, the amount of blue supergiants in the known universe (a kind of star that only lasts for a few thousand years, but that we’ve never seen form even though we’ve seen millions), and the human moral sense that defies all survival techniques —- these are all clues to the existence of God. No, you can’t prove God, but nor can you prove Einstein’s theory of Relativity. The facts just seem to line up better with a creationist point of view.

    Logic tells us that if two models for a ball rolling in a dark room (on straight and the other zigzagged) both accurately represent the facts, we should go with the simpler one that makes less excuses.

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  68. Okaaaaaaayyyyyy... -  January 21, 2011 - 10:27 am

    Seriously, people? We get a word etymology and everyone can’t wait to post their views on God? That’s called OFF-TOPIC, people. Find a thread that actually is about evolution before you start debating its veracity.

    Maybe if everyone (including the athiests) would take on Jesus’ habit of love before argumentation, we could actually BE logical. Remember it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance.

    ——————–

    Matthew 5:3-12

    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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  69. Rich Durst -  January 21, 2011 - 10:11 am

    > Bibliolatry always leads to no good. Just look at the Westboro Baptist
    > Church as an example.

    Please don’t try to equate Westboro Baptist with all Bible-believing Christians. They get as much attention as they do because they’re outrageous and exceptional — out of the thousands (maybe millions) of church congregations in America, how many do you hear about doing the sort of things Westboro does?

    Just because some people decide to be hateful and evil, and call themselves Christians while doing it, doesn’t mean that everyone who calls themself a Christian is of the same ilk. What they do is the very epitome of “taking the Lord’s name in vain,” and I don’t know of a single Christian outside their congregation who supports their actions.

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  70. bboyfili -  January 21, 2011 - 10:04 am

    all of these blogs state the obvious,,, no intelligence, wheres the real stuff to talk about,, not a gossip page but come on,,, i can figure out what the story is going to be about from the moment i read the title

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  71. smoothius -  January 21, 2011 - 8:31 am

    the devil will find work for idle idols to do….

    and sorry mouse but the bulk of scientific knowledge backs up the theory of evolution and completely discounts the theory of creation, at least in as much as you hard line creationists view the theory of creation. if creation were true then the world is only a few thousand years old. really!? carbon dating kinda blows that out of the water, and do you really think we were riding dinosaurs around one day and then somehow just decided to bury them all to confuse later scientists? thats the problem with creationists true scientific facts mean nothing to you, you are blinded by your own ignorance.

    god did create the world and everything in and beyond the universe, but he started it by saying ‘BIG BANG’, and we got to where we are along this timeline through the process of evolution. evolution does not discount the existence of god. get a clue!

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  72. mel "old soul" davis -  January 21, 2011 - 7:43 am

    in the blog it was mentioned that these american idols arent being worshiped or receiving prayer. such a lie, smh. every celebrity we see on television and sometimes even hear on the radio are being worshiped by someone, somewhere. they are receiving prayer from someone, somewhere. whoever wrote this blog is obviously biased and narrow minded; and doesnt really mind feeding into the bs that surrounds them. i plan on writing a poem soon about the people in our society who are so quick to worship and praise other people and inanimate objects. what a ridiculous world we live in.

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  73. Random Math Student -  January 21, 2011 - 7:43 am

    I do agree that American Idol can be offensive if you look at it the wrong way, but I also think that the people on the show are passionate about their singing, and that is a gift to all of America.

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  74. Xero -  January 21, 2011 - 7:17 am

    My god doesn’t mind idols because he has more self esteem than that.
    He doesn’t get jealous.
    He is better than your silly god.

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  75. RH -  January 21, 2011 - 7:08 am

    That Mouse person above is so flawed in logic its slightly disturbing. But anyway good post, interesting. Keep it up.

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  76. breathofreshair -  January 21, 2011 - 6:14 am

    I know a lot of people commenting don’t believe there is a God, and I don’t want to be the one to call out the people who slam Christianity or say that there isn’t a God. But, with all the beauty and life in our world, how can you not believe there’s a God? The sky, the way the human body is so delicately formed. The world and people couldn’t just happen spontaneously. It was created with a tender love that comes from my Heavenly Father.

    My intention for this comment is not to make anyone angry or defensive, but to show you that there is too much glory in this world to believe that it just…appeared.

    ~breathofreshair

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  77. Jenny -  January 21, 2011 - 6:11 am

    to Davy
    Muslims do not revere Kaaba for itself (a stone), but only because God ordered them to visit his holy house -which was built by Prophet (Ibrahim) and his son (Ismail)- to perform (the Hajj) as they call it and they worship god (Allah) alone, with no partner , And they say that he has no father and no son .they also say that the prophet Jesus was only a miracle of his miracles because he has been born without father

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  78. Aporia -  January 21, 2011 - 5:53 am

    @Mouse, who said, “To be quite frank, that there is no point in living. If these philosophies were true, then the Holocaust, abortion, suicide, murder, and euthanasia would all be deemed just and right because life has no point anyway.” That’s not necessarily true; as a world without religion does not automatically equate to a world without morals.

    @Coribon: And a nice story it is. :)

    @Dan Mc: You sir, are awesome.

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  79. ScottinVA -  January 21, 2011 - 3:23 am

    DanMC: You posted your irreligious blather, then chastised those who post religious comments by saying the blog is about etymology.
    That is what we who use logic call hypocrisy.
    That is what we who logically believe the Bible call ignorance.

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  80. Sol -  January 21, 2011 - 1:35 am

    God is not real. There is probably no evidence or lack of, that one can provide for another that will change beliefs. You either do or do not believe. Just looking at the sheer arrogance and male dominance of the church its plain to see that it was all created by bored goat herders.

    Try to take a step back from your pious arrogance, forget the fact that Satan may be whispering notions of evil into to my heart and yours, and just try to hold the idea (look at humanity through the eyes of someone unaffected by bias, ethics, morals and beliefs) that all religion was and is human made, changing through the ages. Made to explain and by some others to exploit.
    Mouse – you clearly haven’t the first clue how evolution works – just all deception and lies. I do not claim to be an expert, but i understand the basis. More plausible a god. Just and right? Why not just try to make everyone’s short existence a pleasurable one.
    Blacknbeatiful – ‘Where you’ll end up?’ I am afraid we all end up in the same state. Oblivion, as we were before we popped into existence.

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  81. Tony -  January 20, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    The semi-literates parading their chaotic ignorance of English language usage, punctuation and spelling – as evidenced in in the largely inane contributions of Jan.20 – obviously learn nothing from the daily dictionary…

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  82. Katie Starfish -  January 20, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    I’d prefer an American idyll.

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  83. Michael -  January 20, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    im an atheist so i don’t give a crap hahaha :D

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  84. Nastya -  January 20, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Every time someone speaks of “celebrity idols” or “American Idol” or whatever, I give a little shiver. I’m not saying that everyone who uses those words is guilty of this, but some people really do seem to hold their “idols” above all else, like the Biblical definition. It scares me, on a religious level and on a “How brainwashable are these sheeple!?” level.

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  85. blacknbeautiful -  January 20, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    yaya you “ain’t real” learn to speak English you guys. Keep hating on God and we’ll see where you’ll end up…….

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  86. Roxanne -  January 20, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    You say that the traditional definition is offensive to some religions. In fact, it’s not the “traditional” definition, it’s THE PRIMARY definition on your own site: “1. An image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.”
    And I don’t think it’s a definition of idol that’s offensive to some religions. Rather, in some religions, idols as they are traditionally defined are offensive to God. The first commandment doesn’t say “people find idols offensive.”
    Also, it would be helpful if you would say where in Latin a particular word was used. People wrote for hundreds of years in Latin, including a lot of Church Fathers. It’s not all that surprising that they used the word idolatria, since they meant exactly the same thing that a lot of people who commented here today meant.

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  87. Bleed...bible thumpers -  January 20, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    Nice way to keep it simple yaya, here’s some entertaining thoughts for you guys. god probably started as someone’s imaginary friend, just think about it, it explains everything. All religious words shall be lowercased by me until I can lowercase them no more, that’s my rebellion, what’s yours? :o

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  88. Jelly Belly -  January 20, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    this isn’t a very interesting debate… i hav solved the problem for myself: DONT WATCH AMERICAN IDOL. besides, simon is brutal. and it kinda stupid, no offense.

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  89. Coribon -  January 20, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    I know this may not relate directly (in some sense I guess it does) to this topic but it was a quote I happened to remember.

    I remember my father telling me a story.
    My father said – There is a war going on in all of us. A war between two people. One represents hatred, intolerance, and superiority, and the other represents love, tolerance, and kindness.
    I asked – “who will win?”
    My father simply replied back – “The one you feed”

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  90. DuhWhatWhoMe -  January 20, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    This is just another ridiculous example of people taking things too literally. Pretty soon every word in the dictionary is going to be offensive and the dictionary will be banned. Get over it! The show is about finding someone who is passionate about music and wanting to share it in positive ways with the world. How can that be blasphemous to anyone? Music is a gift that should be shared, it is one of the strongest things we have that can uplift us. Maybe that’s it. Christians are feeling competition because music is more uplifting than church.

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  91. Dan Mc -  January 20, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Spoken by Jesus, these words seem to seldom be followed, especially by those who are intent on following the word of God closest. It seems unnecessary to post comments on this blog, spewing out endless religious knowledge. It seems wrong to speak out against those with different belief systems. I commend those who stick to what they believe, but (I hesitate to say this when I know who will be reading this) nobody has all the right answers. You should try to be a good person on your own accord, not because some greater being dictates what is right and wrong. Bibliolatry always leads to no good. Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church as an example.

    In addition, this blog is about the etymology of words, there is really no place for expressing your religious beliefs here. I only wrote this to try to prove a point.

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  92. Tor -  January 20, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    I’ve never heard anyone insulted by it. And I know people who thrive on finding something to insult them.

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  93. Wes -  January 20, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    I can’t agree more about the word Idol being a false god. Then with the people who finish big at the end are most likely treated as idols for the rest of their lives. Like any other singing group.

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  94. Mouse -  January 20, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    To “yaya” and any others whom it may concern –

    God is most definitely real. Just because you cannot see Him does not mean He is not real. Like the wind. Can you see the wind? No. But you know it’s real because you see the effects of it. The same is true of God. God is real because you can see His effects – for instance, creation. His fingerprints are everywhere. And if you are an atheist, or a nihilist, or an evolutionist, or whatever your worldview may be, you are saying that everything is here for no reason and that life, humans, and the universe in general is meaningless. To be quite frank, that there is no point in living. If these philosophies were true, then the Holocaust, abortion, suicide, murder, and euthanasia would all be deemed just and right because life has no point anyway. This is not true! I cannot stress that enough. God is real, and creation is right because evolution could not be. Why would we have different species of animals if evolution were true? We wouldn’t. Animals and people do not change their physical characteristics according to their surroundings. Science, archaeology and history prove every aspect of the Bible to be true.

    Please take this into consideration and do a little soul-searching before you reject the almighty God who loves you. Thank you for your time, and may you have a lovely day.

    -Mouse

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  95. Cyberquill -  January 20, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    With all due respect to David Cook, whoever that may be, when I hear “idol,’ I think Elvis.

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  96. LLOOPP -  January 20, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    IDOL *gasp* TIM URBAN!! <3<3<3 hahahahaha :)

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  97. Waldo Pepper -  January 20, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    First!!

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  98. advanced path -  January 20, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    “Miss, I am bored!”

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  99. noe herrera -  January 20, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    hey thats all true keep on writing!!!!!

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  100. Davy -  January 20, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Do the acts by Muslims and Jews adoring respectively the Kaaba (a stone) and the stones of Wailing Wall constitute idolism?

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  101. advanced path -  January 20, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    Im an advanced path student :)

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  102. TamperDisableDestroy -  January 20, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    The sooner humans stop beleiving in a religion fantasy the better off we’ll be.

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  103. ffff -  January 20, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    bored in class lol

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  104. NOBODY -  January 20, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    WHAT?!?!?!?!?!!

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  105. vigilante -  January 20, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Idols are expendables! There was a movie called Expendable a while ago last year. Remember who were in it? They are old now. A group of idols of old machos. They die hard and how come I feel a bit of …

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  106. yaya -  January 20, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    god aint real

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  107. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  January 20, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    this is a very good article. i think the main focus here is not the american idol, but the word “idol” and how it became so offensive word for some religions. in this article the main focus is the word “idol”.
    there is a comment here which i gratefully commend: Wordwise on January 20, 2011 at 8:37 am and Marilyn on January 20, 2011 at 8:59 am.
    the question is, why do you have to praise man-made statues and man-made proclaimed saints if you can just go directly to God and talk to him of your worries, requests, hopes, and everything. He would love that. God is the creator of heaven and earth, and if you have his position, let’s take for an example the parent and the children. the parents give birth of the children, when the children grew up, whenever they have needs they would go to other people first other than their parents, do you think how would their parents think of (regardless of any family issues)? somewhat offended or hurt right. this is probably how God would feel if we praises man-made statues and man-made proclaimed saints. Thank you for taking the time reading my comment.

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  108. MSB -  January 20, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Well, as you can see all “idols” are equally jealous and equally “idle!” What I find popcorn worthy is how the simple utterance of a few words manages to shake loose the indignation and anger huddled close by the idolators!

    On topic, I notice that knowing the etymology of words seldoms makes much difference. People have their ingrained belief of meanings and even when shown how those beliefs don’t hold water they huddle them closer and find whatever excuse necessary to explain their correctness. They know the “truth” and the real truth be … sent to oblivion.

    When fact disagrees with the legend, you print the legend.

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  109. Mike McKelvy -  January 20, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    In some cultures that revere inanimate spiritual icons, the idols are not “idle”, They are taken out and paraded around at times when the “spirit” of the idol is venerated.

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  110. Spelling -  January 20, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    You should use spell check.
    Satan – not satin
    Thou – not Thow (and you claim to be a KJV purist).

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  111. Spelling -  January 20, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    You need to use spell check if you are going to post on Dictionary.com

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  112. Myesha -  January 20, 2011 - 11:56 am

    JORDIN SPARKS is my IDOL!!!! :D

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  113. KJV only. -  January 20, 2011 - 10:57 am

    its “thow shalt”. (get it right O.K.!!!) You have a good point. just wish more people could see the trouth.

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  114. Ryan0415 -  January 20, 2011 - 10:40 am

    They just HAVE to say Idol because the goverment controls the media. And in the government, there is a secret organization, who is trying to make a one world government. And, they use things such as television to distract people from whats going on. And to entertain. They wanted it to be offensive towards religion. And its also a way to get into the entertainment buisnes.. Wich the government controlls.

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  115. Princess -  January 20, 2011 - 10:15 am

    If you could please change “god” to “God” that would be great. Or at least for future posts. :) But otherwise great points! Psalm 115:1-8 gives a great analogy of idols and false gods and those who worship them; makes you think. Cool of you guys to put this all up. It gives you little insights and sparks thoughts. :)

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  116. Stacy12345678910 -  January 20, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Yes i know. Why did they just HAVE to say American “Idol?”

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  117. THE BLAH GUY -  January 20, 2011 - 9:11 am

    a little off the topic route but still the informative part of dictionary.com keeps me entertained

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  118. FooGriffy -  January 20, 2011 - 9:00 am

    ‘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.’

    That’s certainly not what I see when I hear the word ‘idol’. I think of Indiana Jones running for his life with a gold statue in his arms.

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  119. Marilyn -  January 20, 2011 - 8:59 am

    As a Christian, yes, an idol is blasphemous, and anything we adore, revere, worship, think more of, raise our hands to, think about more, etc., than our Triune God is idolatry. Jesus combined all the Old Testament ten commandments into two New Testament commandmandments, which are: (1) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, sould, and mind, and (2) You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two, He said, hang all the law and the prophets. That’s pretty self explanatory. Except, perhaps, the definition of “neighbor.” In my studies, I have come to believe that neighbor means anyone who crosses your path. We are supposed to love that person as much as I love myself. So, yes, I believe anyone who worships the “American idol” per se, more than than we adore, revere, worship, think more of, raise our hands to, think about more, etc., is, not so much blasphemy by its definition, but just plain sin.

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  120. Sylvia -  January 20, 2011 - 8:58 am

    ok well then just change it to american idle

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  121. Tina Rhea Sheffield -  January 20, 2011 - 8:44 am

    Some idols are definitely idle and powerless. Some religions, even mainstream ones, engage in the prohibited adoration, excessive engagement with or worship of idols. Bowing before statutes and photos, praying to them or putting faith in them to impact our common situations and circumstances is idolatry no matter how it’s couched or explained. To put your faith and trust in anyone other than the Spirit, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Father is simply idolatry

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  122. Wordwise -  January 20, 2011 - 8:37 am

    “You shall have no other gods before me” still holds true today. God, who created the heavens and earth wants to be first in our hearts and worship. Anything people put ahead of Him is idolatry in the true sense of the word. “God is love” so He shows His heart and intents upon us today gently – in loving ways. “…in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). People have been taught wrongly about God (that He kills, steals and destroys) when actually it is Satin who does those things (John 10:10). People look to other things to satisfy them, when God says He’ll supply all our need (Philippians 4:19). Not some of our need, but all of it.

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  123. Curly -  January 20, 2011 - 8:23 am

    But idols in the traditional sense are indeed idle.

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  124. Garrett_is_Smith -  January 20, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Uh oh! Religion! Now everyone is going to fight in the comments! Okay, I’m game to watch. Just let me get some popcorn…

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  125. Not emo.....not gothic.....just different. -  January 20, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Hello people!!! What about Kelly Clarkson,Jennifer Hudson, and Fantasia Barrino!!!!! You see it isnt just David Cook and Carrie Underwood who have one and are really good singers! And it is in the king james version(ye shall have no other gods before me. not you!) lol. silly writer of these blogs. oh yeah and i am the first to post!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  126. Miley -  January 20, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Nice info:)

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  127. CLKP serdelmaker -  January 20, 2011 - 5:00 am

    FIRST!!! <3 all idolz!

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  128. Calvin -  January 20, 2011 - 4:25 am

    Woot first comment!

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