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From Greek kath'hena, "one by one" or "one at a time" or "each in turn," and theos, "god," kathenotheism is the term coined by linguist and comparative religion scholar Max Muller to describe the sequential worship of multiple gods, treating each individually as the exclusive supreme being when it is their specific turn to receive worshipful attention.

This concept is related to henotheism, the treatment of one god as the supreme being, while not excluding the…

The Four Way Test was adopted by the Rotary in the 1940s:

Of all the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

We say the Four Way Test at the end of each meeting.

I have complicated feelings about the Four Way Test. Yes, I am a Rotarian. But I wonder how telling someone that they…

Latin, this is a line from Quintilian in his Institutio Oratoria, Book IX Chapter 3, meaning "I do not live in order to eat, but I eat in order to live."

Quintilian uses the line as a demonstration of antimetabole, a rhetorical device in which a phrase or sentence is repeated with two of the words in reversed order in the repetition. This is, itself, a demonstration of antithesis, in Latin called contrapositum or contentio, the use of contrasts to emphasise a point.

Iron Noder 2018, 13/30

The word kilter is very nearly a fossil word, only very rarely being used outside of the phrases out of kilter and off kilter. However, it means exactly what these phrases would suggest:

Kilter: Regular order or proper condition.

This word is so archaic that the on-line Oxford Dictionary defines it only in the 'out of kilter' construction, and even Webster1913 prefers the older form, '…