Category Archives: Language

The Colorado Atrocity

In the wake of the Colorado massacre Seraphic Secret has a few thoughts. The media consistently refer to the massacre as a tragedy. As our son Ariel ZT’L observed after 9-11, “Why do they keep calling it a tragedy? It’s an atrocity.” Death caused by flood, fire, earthquake, tsunami, traffic accident, these are tragedies. But murder […]

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Seraphic Secret Contest Winner

Thanks so much everyone. This was really a tough call. The entries were on such a high caliber that we had a hard time deciding on a winner, but ultimately this extremely clever sentence by YF emerged as the clear favorite of our judges. Ted Kennedy, a jehu if there ever was one, found his […]

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Say the Word: Contest

Okay, we haven’t done this for a while. We’ve been sidetracked by world events: Olmert’s appeasement negotiations with the Fatah terrorists, Iranian gunboats in the Straits of Hormuz, Hillary’s deeply moving tears as she was about to lose another primary, and oh yes, the Writer’s Guild Strike. Sigh. The sheer weight of world and national […]

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My Word

Okay, we haven’t done this for a while. We’ve been sidetracked by world events: Annapolis, Gaza, Syrian Nukes, Iranian Nukes, the NIE Report. Gee-willikers, the sheer weight of world events is just exhausting. But you know what? We should never stray too far from our core passion: language and its awesome power. That’s why we […]

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Say the Word

Okay, we haven’t done this for a while. I suppose we’ve been sidetracked by world events, great and small, for the past few months. But you know what? We should never stray too far from our core passions. Just to be clear: language and its awesome power, well, that’s one of our obsessions here at […]

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Words About Screenwriting

I’m exhausted. For the past two weeks I’ve been working day and night on the last stretch of a screenplay — and it is killing me. My main character, a female counter-terrorist agent says things like: “I will have justice and I do not care how many I have to kill to get it.” And […]

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In a Word

Okay, Seraphic Friends, here’s your assignment: pick up your Number Two pencils, open your notebooks, and and make up a brilliant and coherent sentence using the following three words: empleomaniacn. one who is overly eager to hold public office unasinousadj. equally stupid scombroidadj. resembling a mackerel Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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Tip of my Tongue

Okay, try and make a coherent sentence using these three words: agelastn. one who never laughs misodoctakleidistn. one who hates practicing the piano nelipotone who is walking barefoot Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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Words in Excess

abliguritionn. excessive spending on food and drink gambrinousadj. full of beer Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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What I Meant to Say…

cacoepyn. incorrect pronunciation e·pi·car·i·ca·cyn. taking pleasure in others’ misfortune gargalesisn. forceful tickling Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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In the Beginning Was the Word

cac·o·graph·icadj. badly written or spelled dactylconomyn. the art of counting on one’s fingers Hat Tip: Futility Closet This is driving us crazy. Really. Karen and I have noticed that some people, perhaps in an effort to sound sophisticated, are pronouncing the silent T in the word often. This is wrong. The correct prononciation is: offen. […]

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Odd Inclinations

a·cer·se·com·icn. a person whose hair has never been cut e·loz·ab·leadj. amenable to flattery gy·no·ti·ko·lo·bo·mass·o·phi·li·an. a proclivity for nibbling on women’s earlobes Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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Word from an Israeli Mop

Karen and I just received this note from our cousins in Israel. Dear Robert: I hope you are all doing well and that you had a happy Purim. We hadgreat Purims. First on our yishuv, and a then on Shushan Purim in Jerusalem. Now starts the push to Passover. I am a closet reader of […]

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Say the Word

a·cap·no·ticn. a nonsmoker u·ca·le·gonn. a neighbor whose house is on fire floc·ci·fyv. to consider worthless e·pi·car·i·ca·cyn. taking pleasure in others’ misfortune ca·co·zel·i·an. the use of rare or foreign words to appear learned Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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You Talkin’ to Me!

breed·baten. one who seeks an argument viv·i·sep·ul·turen. burial alive bo·an·thro·pyn. the delusion that one is an ox leth·o·no·mi·an. a propensity for forgetting names in·fan·dousadj. too horrible to mention Hat Tip: Futility Closet

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Groak: Sigh, So Romantic

Here at Seraphic Secret we believe it is vital to learn something new every day. For those of you who follow this blog, you know we are deeply concerned with language–yes, precision in language obsesses us. Thus, when we find a word that we have never ever heard of, a word that we never even […]

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    Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
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    Fifteenth: June 10, 2018
    Jackie Danicki: “Confessions of a Convert: A Humbling, Joyful Journey to Judaism.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (94 MB)
    Fourteenth: June 11, 2017
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Thirteenth: May 22, 2016Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70 MB)
    Twelfth: June 7, 2015
    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

    Blog Post | Audio: (100 MB)
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: “Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?”

    Blog Post | Audio: (64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: “What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania.”

    Blog Post | Audio: (70MB)
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