Word Paradox?

Into week out. Lower air temperature this morning. Which gave me occasion to reflect on some word use.

When we are being careful and formal about doing something we sometimes say we are being “catholic” about the action. When we are being careless and informal we say that we are being “cavalier” about the action.

I got to wondering about this. The use of the word “cavalier” brings to mind the English civil war which is colloquially referred to as a contention between “cavaliers” and “roundheads” . Cavaliers – the royalist side – were considered to be flamboyant and kulturny. The Roundheads – the rebel side – were considered to be straitlaced and puritanical.

The problem is that while “catholic” means universal, which is rather at odds with its above usage, it is most often associated with the church of Rome. And here’s where the friction occurs. The cavaliers were religiously, predominantly, high church. Roman Catholics and Church of England. The roundheads were predominantly refusenics, members of fundamentalist dominations that were at odds with the official church. 

So I have to admit to being rather a bit mystified and perplexed.

Probably how the day is going to go.

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