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Worldwide – #AtoZChallenge


Though we may be divided by seas, by cultures, and by religion, the language of music is universal.

You may read the above sentence and wonder why I put “religion” in there. There’s a method to my madness.

When I looked up the A to Z Challenge word of the day in my thesaurus, I got “worldwide.” My initial thought was the Internet, naturally. But then I glanced at the synonyms and got a bit of a shock. The first one is “catholic.” How in the *ahem* heck, I thought, is “catholic” a synonym in the same list as “pandemic”? I immediately looked it up in the dictionary.

According to the English Oxford, it originates from the following:

“Late Middle English: from Old French catholique or late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos ‘universal’, from kata ‘in respect of’ + holos ‘whole’.”

It’s an adjective, defined as:

“Including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.”

For example, “‘her tastes are pretty catholic’”

Back to my original sentence. So by rights, I could get away with writing, “Though we may be divided by seas, by cultures, and by religion, the language of music is catholic.”

What do you think?

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7 thoughts on “Worldwide – #AtoZChallenge

  1. Very interesting. Learn something new every day. Now I must incorporate “catholic” in my next story to throw everyone off.


  2. I associate Catholic wholly with religion, although I realise it means all-encompassing too so it probably wouldn’t work for me. 🙂


  3. “Catholic” does mean “universal,” and is used in the Apostles’ Creed, which most Christian denominations pray. A local Baptist church raised a fuss when they advertised on their marquee, “how to be catholic and still come to church here.” The sign was in all-caps, so everyone read it as “Catholic,” meaning a person of the Roman Catholic faith…


  4. As long as catholic is spelt with a lower case C, it’s fine. There’s a world of difference between the holy catholic church referred to in the Apostles’ Creed and the Roman Catholic church.

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  5. Hmmm.. Interesting take!


  6. Seems like it should be pronounced “kathOlick” with that meaning! 😂


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