Yesterday while preaching I was making a point about the difference between common nouns and more capacious nouns. I was saying that we wouldn’t think anything of it if someone wrote a three-volume history on the word democracy, and then I said this — “But if you found someone had done the same thing with a common noun, studying shoelaces through history, you would begin to suspect deep personal problems.” My point was that nobody would do that.
But I have sharp parishioners. One of them, a young lady named Madeline James, offered me a very charitable correction. You can look at it here. The relevant section is just past the one minute mark.