From a reader:
Dear Father Z.,
I am a ninth grade English teacher in a public school (out of 110 students, I have only 17 who are Catholic) who gives twenty vocabulary words to my students each week. On Mondays they are given the words to define, identify their proper parts of speech, and use in a sentence. On Wednesdays we review the definitions, parts of speech, and talk about their usage. On Fridays they are quizzed over the words.
This week one of our words was "ineffable," the definition of which is "unutterable or inexpressible." Here are three examples of the sentences my students offered for the word "ineffable" as we reviewed its definition today in class:
"The ineffable beauty of the painting was awe-inspiring."
"The trip to Europe was an ineffable experience."
"The ineffable stillness of the lake made for a peaceful evening."
Having reviewed the word "ineffable" in each of my five classes today, not one student has expressed or exhibited any difficulties understanding the definition or usage of this word. I suppose the real proof will be the results of Friday’s vocabulary quiz. I’ll keep you posted.
How cruel to inflict on those poor children a word sooo haaard for even American Bishops to understand!