Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day - shibboleth - a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.

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The Swedish tiger was used in Swedish propaganda during WW2. The wordplay is not exactly a shibboleth, but the wordplay requires an understanding of Swedish, "tiger" meaning both "tiger", as in the animal, and "to keep silent". The meaning, then, is that you should not blabber about what might be sensitive things and so endanger your nation.

En svensk tiger was a slogan and an image that became part of a propaganda campaign in Sweden during World War II, aiming to prevent espionage by encouraging secrecy towards foreigners.

LOL's meaning has shifted over the years, but these days it's the internet's shibboleth.

LOL Is Literally Dead, Long Live LOL

LOL's meaning has shifted over the years, but these days it's the internet's shibboleth.

A shibboleth , in its original signification and in a meaning it still bears today, is a word or custom whose variations in pronunciation or style can be used to differentiate members of ingroups from those of outgroups. Within the mindset of the ingroup, a connotation or value judgment of correct/incorrect or superior/inferior can be ascribed to the two variants.

A shibboleth , in its original signification and in a meaning it still bears today, is a word or custom whose variations in pronunciation or style can be used to differentiate members of ingroups from those of outgroups. Within the mindset of the ingroup, a connotation or value judgment of correct/incorrect or superior/inferior can be ascribed to the two variants.

FREE downloads for The Shibboleth, book two of The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy! Discussion guide, sample chapter, and bookmark. #CarolrhodaLab #YAlit

The Shibboleth (The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy) by John Hornor Jacobs

Lose more weight and burn fat faster when you eat enough of these flat-belly nutrients that aren't protein or fiber.

Flat-Belly Nutrients Besides Fiber and Protein

God's answer to why dinosaurs are inexplicably missing from Biblical fairy tales.  I mean, if you're going to sell bullshit, why not go for gold, ya know?

God's answer to why dinosaurs are inexplicably missing from Biblical fairy tales. I mean, if you're going to sell bullshit, why not go for gold, ya know?

Mind the crack ... a visitor looks at Doris Salcedo's Turbine Hall installation. Photograph: Anton Hammerl/PA. Shibboleth. Doris Salcedo. 2007–2008 C.E. Installation.

Artist Doris Salcedo unveils new installation inside Tate's Turbine Hall

a visitor looks at Doris Salcedo's Turbine Hall installation.( Photograph: Anton Hammerl/PADoris Salcedos Turbine Hall installation at Tate Modern)

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