So, I pontificate, do I?
I was quite taken aback when someone on Twitter told me that I pontificate on my blog. Well, I was rather shocked to say the least, because, well, I am not a Catholic.
Well, I should add here that I am actually Anglican, which although classified as Protestant, is more closely aligned with Catholicism. Ok, except for a few beheadings and divorces, it would have remained closer, but the Anglican Church does have bishops and priests, so, according to my very quick research on Wikipedia, (which is of course the source of all truth) it is really about not recognizing the Pope that caused all the problems.
Which brings me immediately back to pontificating, of which I was accused.
Again I had to do a little investigation, as it is a word of more than two syllables, so it was way out of my ken. All I knew was that Popes were pontiffs; so therefore, they must do this pontificating thing.
Right, so this is what my erstwhile Twitter friend was referring to.
verb |pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt| [ no obj. ]
1 express one’s opinions in a pompous and dogmatic way: he was pontificating about art and history.
2 (in the Roman Catholic Church) officiate as bishop, especially at Mass. he pontificated at three Christmas Masses.
(in the Roman Catholic Church) the office or period of office of a pope or bishop: Pope Gregory VIII enjoyed only a ten-week pontificate.
pontification |ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n| noun
ORIGIN late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin pontificatus, from pontifex (see pontifex). The verb dates from the early 19th cent.
Ok, I plead guilty to all Twitter charges.
I must occasionally officiate as a bishop in my spare time, even though I can’t recall doing it, but I did write a book about Pope Gregory. So that must be where the confusion started.
However, I am really confused about the words pompous and dogmatic. I think I had better go back to my trusty dictionary to do some research on these two mysterious words.