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The U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ Again Confuses ‘Celibate’ With ‘Continence’ (A.K.A. ‘Abstinence’).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From above cited article.


They have done before, too.

Click to access my post from 2015.


Yes, I know. Many people do use ‘celibate‘ to mean ‘not having sex‘. But, that becomes very convoluted when you apply it to married folks because the true definition of ‘celibate’ is not being in a relationship. That is how ‘celibate’ came to have this secondary meaning, though it is no longer the case, i.e., IF you are not in a relationship then you are not having sex!

The correct word is ‘continence‘ or ‘abstinence’.

Yes, the improper use of this word bugs I. But, I am a pedant as to the correct usage of the Queen’s beautiful English.





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by Anura Guruge

Think – Today: Would Famous 20th Century Scientist, Like Einstein, Been More Productive If They Had Google?

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alberteinYou have to admit it is one heck of thing to think about? Seeing a photo of people using the old card index system in a library got me thinking about this. Would make a great high school debate proposition. So what do YOU think?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Celibacy vs. chastity” — Yes, most people think that these two words refer to the same thing, i.e., abstinence from sex. That is, however, not the case. Per the Catholic Church, an authority on such matters for millennia, the correct word for describing somebody who is not having sex is ‘continence’. Celibacy refers to the state of being unmarried (or unattached). Chasity, on the other hand, deals with sexual ‘purity’ — let’s call that ‘fidelity’. You can be married, have sex with your partner and be chaste. Hence the belt to keep you pure. Aren’t you glad you know know. {SMILE}


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by Anura Guruge