Since 1998, when I first got involved in the Japan Homestay Program between Saint Lawrence Academy in Santa Clara, California and Junshin High School in Nagasaki, Japan, I've had many opportunities to share some of the interesting features of the English language with students from our sister school. For example, why does the combination of the letters -ough have four different sounds -- through, though, cough, rough? Why do we say drink, drank, drunk, but we don't say think, thank, thunk? And did you know that if you rearrange the letters in the word dormitory you can spell dirty room?
Yes, the English language can be quite entertaining. One of my favorite features of the language, however, is the creation of acronyms. While some people are unfamiliar with the term "acronym," we are all quite familiar with their use in our world. A few common examples include:
SCUBA - Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
RADAR - Radio Detection And Ranging
LASER - Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation
NABISCO - National Biscuit Company
BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
This afternoon, I shared one of my favorite songs with a colleague who was looking for an appropriate song for prayer in her class. The song, Life is a Miracle, is performed by Pato Banton. As I was listening to the song, it suddenly dawned on me that the song's title can be shortened into an acronym: LIAM.
Banton says that life is "the ultimate gift of love." I couldn't agree more. My new grandson, Liam, is living proof of this!