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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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The fourth Sunday of Lent is Mothering Sunday. In an increasingly secular society which knows little of the religion to which many ostensibly belong, it is no great surprise that such a misunderstanding should come about. I came across this some months ago when two ladies in front of me in the newsagents were talking of the looming weekend and Mothering Sunday – “What about daughters?” the other cried, and tempted though I was to clarify, I simply bought my paper and fled, bemoaning internally that I couldn’t bung the encounter here on the forum.
What’s in your heart doesn’t change if you go to church or a mosque. We used to do Beavers and Cubs and I used to take the kids to mother and son day at the church, St George’s Day to the prayer meeting, Christmas. And God is all one.
Add that to our list of religious eggcorns and folk etymologies.
It has affinities with (anti-)Lehmann’s terms as well. Mothering Sunday is a kind of proper noun.
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2014-06-29 20:56:40)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .