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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A form of religious rapture marked by outbreaks of mass fainting, laughter, shaking, weeping, fainting, speaking in tongues, etc.
ETYMOLOGY:After Toronto, Canada, where the phenomenon was experienced in a church in Jan 1994.
USAGE:"[The movie Pan's Labyrinth] was received in awestruck rapture by the world's press, and left me feeling a little like a Roman Catholic prelate at a pentecostal ceremony, smiling with thin politeness while all around congregants were getting a Toronto Blessing full in the face."
Peter Bradshaw; Hellboy II: The Golden Army; The Guardian (London, UK); Aug 15, 2008.
"We'd have the Toronto Blessing 24/7, hooting away at our own puffed-up selves, and our imagined separation from others -- and laughing in the final realization that we're all in this together."
Geoff Olson; The Great Whatever; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Apr 14, 2001.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. -Hal Borland, journalist (1900-1978)
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