Part & Parser/Parcel

parse v. 1 resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles
Computing analyse (text) into logical syntactic components
-Origin C16: perh. from ME pars ‘parts of speech’, from Fr. pars ‘parts’
syntax n.the combination  of words and phrases to create well formed sentences > a set of rules for or an analysis of this the structure of statements in a computer language
-Origin C16: from Fr. syntaxe, or via late L. from Gk suntazis, from sun-‘together’ + tassein  ‘arrange’
Concise OED 11th th

 Sunday School Religiousness is a regional phenomenon, especially indicative of the American Deep South culture. Living in Deep South, Alabama leads to high levels of exposure to Sunday school religiousness-no value judgement intended. I speak from my experience and not hard numbers and facts.  
So what I say will be true of my experience, and what I extrapolate from my experiences will be messy and imprecise because it will be based upon my (possibly imprecise) memories, emotional disposition, formative childhood experiences,etc.

I will speak from the position of a cultural insider presenting my conceptualization of the relationship between religion and science.  

This not a scholarly approach. As a member of the culture in question (Alabama) who attended public schools from grades K-12 , I’d like to share my thoughts as a cultural player. This contrasts empirical traditions of presenting and formally defending my statements, as is the scholarly approach.) 

 I feel strongly that anyone writing about scholarly work in public forums (whether professional or amateur) must explicitly advise the potential audience anytime their narrative voice deviates from the scholarly voice.  Scholarly writing carries presumed authority because the audience trusts the narrator or scientist to follow the academic norms for discourse.


Anthropology seeks out cultural insiders (i.e. the local folks) and through conversations, anthropologists elucidate a glimmer of what it is to experience life through the eyes of this subculture.  

Your math teacher made you reduce your fractions to the lowest terms, right?  Well, when we undertake to prove a hypothesis should be promoted to theory we are also undertaking to do all we can to destroy the hypothesis from every angle.

The word ‘paragon’ entered the cultural consciousness in the 16th Century.




noun: paragon; plural noun: paragons

  1. a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality.

    “it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous”

Origin-mid 16th century: from obsolete French, from Italian paragone ‘touchstone used to discriminate good (gold) from bad,’ from medieval Greek parakonē ‘whetstone.’Original Source


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