Shibboleth


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Shibboleth

(shĭb`ōlĕth), in the Bible, test word that the Gileadites made the Ephraimites pronounce. As Ephraimites could not say sh but only s as in "Sibboleth," this was regarded as a test of an Ephraimite; 42,000 Ephraimites were thus detected.

shibboleth

word used by Gileadites to identify Ephraimites who could not pronounce sh. [O.T.: Judges 12:4–6]

shibboleth

by its pronunciation the Gileadites could identify Ephraimite fugitives. [O. T.: Judges 12:4-6]
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"I am deeply sorry that my informal remarks in a meeting last month have led to a misunderstanding on that point - in particular that my use of the word "shibboleth" in its sense of "pass word" or "test of membership" gave the impression that I thought the Good Friday Agreement was in any way outdated or unimportant.
Habra que decir que Shibboleth evidencia, quiza como ninguna obra de arte antes, de manera tan directa, la fractura propia de una epoca signada por el espiritu de la escision al modo como lo vio Hegel (1).
They betryed their difference by showing themselves indifferent to the dicriticl difference between shi nd si; they mrked themselves with their inbility to re-mrk mrk thus coded (Derrid, "Shibboleth" 22-23).
For this reason, I propose to all dissidents, including their leader Sheikh Ali Salman and their Supreme Guide Sheikh Isa Qassim, a Gulf version of the shibboleth test.
Every time we are tempted with "shibboleth", let us remember the teaching of Jesus.
So whenever you hear the shibboleth about Bush's subservience to the Israeli lobby, remember this truth: American military failure in Iraq would probably benefit Israel more than American success.
Given that the culture war continues, I doubt that neutrality will save her from the "witch hunts", to use her term, or allow her work to appear as objective--a shibboleth if ever there was one.
Shibboleth authentication is another example of a centralized service that will have a significant impact on libraries.
2 Valentino 3 Medicean 4 Shibboleth hd, 3 /4 l, 1 /2l June 20, 2000 3 and under, plater; 4-5, low-grade handicapper; 6-7, fair handicapper; 8-9, high-grade handicapper; 10-11, Group class; 12, Classic standard.
The article "The Democracy Shibboleth" by William F.
Having said that, violation of what are loosely termed 'human rights' is increasingly widespread with the growth of terrorism and in western societies, with the unstoppable growth of government power in the name of 'security' or some other shibboleth. (In Britain one can go to gaol for selling a pound of bananas.) After an introduction by the editor and an essay on 'unintended effects' of laws that stand between civil society and human rights, there are seven 'case studies': debt cancellation; the ban on landmines; the International Criminal Court; Chile and General Pinochet; civil society and environmental justice; the question of access to treatment for AIDS; and, finally, the exploitation of the diamond market round the world.
But if "integrity" becomes--like "charisma"--just another shibboleth for directors focused more on the candidates' individual traits than on concrete skills, the quality of corporate leadership will not improve.