Mrs. Eddy's use of the word...


[Lt.-Col. Robert E. Key, District Manager of Committees on Publication for Great Britain and Ireland, in the Guardian, London]

Mrs. Eddy's use of the word "emeritus" is mentioned by a correspondent in a letter which appeared in a recent issue. Mrs. Eddy was very particular in her use of words. She undoubtedly used the word "emeritus" in its correct signification. According to Webster's New International Dictionary, 1934 edition, the word "emeritus" is derived from a Latin verb meaning "to obtain by service, to merit, to earn." If Mrs. Eddy intended to convey the idea of merit in the title "Pastor Emeritus" she was correct in her choice of the word.

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