The Word of the Month


December 2013

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Peacemaker (noun): a person who persuades people or countries to stop fighting, or to ‘make peace’.

Peace (noun): An elusive state of non-violence.

Peacemaker: a violent career choice

Mahatma Gandhi: Indian independence. Assassinated.

Martin Luther King: Equal rights for black Americans. Assassinated.

Anwar Sadat: Peace between Egypt & Israel. Assassinated.

Yitzhak Rabin: Peace between Israel & Palestine. Assassinated.

Joseph Stalin: Whoops. Sorry, wrong list.

Know your makers

Matchmaker: Person who introduces a couple. Currently outsourced to the Internet.

Shoemaker: Person who makes shoes. Currently outsourced to Asian preteens.

• Meet your maker: Idiom meaning ‘to die’ (and meet God, your ‘maker’).

A one-of-a-kind Peacemaker

Nelson Mandela survived 27 years in prison before becoming president, whereas most politicians finish in prison.

This peacemaker met his maker•  peacefully, whereas most peacemakers catch a bullet.

Peace out, Nelson. You will be missed.

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