Fundamentalist Christians have their own idiolect, often called “The Language of Zion”. People may laugh at anachronisms from the King James translation, but these do no harm to anybody; of greater interest, perhaps, is the way in which the idiolect allows fundis to clothe continuous one-upmanship and self-aggrandisement in the language of humility. When they disagree, it is all “God tells me this” and “the Spirit leads me to say that”. Never mind John Woo, for serious action just watch Brothers-in-the-Lord duelling in scriptural references! And the loser always ends an argument with “I’ll be praying for you, Brother” – in a tone that is actually saying, “Fuck you and the horse you rode in on”.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 10:50 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
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