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SPRM vs Sperm

Bear with me here.
The news is rather old, but I was going through the website for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for a story I’m doing during my day job on the rise of abortions in the state of Wisconsin (it’s the stupid economy, of course – and, oh yeah, the increased access to chemical abortion methods also isn’t helping matters…) when I ran across an interesting press release on a new abortifacient called “ella.”

As my own embryonic theories on language develop (or atrophy is more like it), I keep going back to the interplay of consonants and vowels. Hebrew is a language specifically designed to be read out loud, I seem to remember an old tutor of mine telling me. The reader must supply the vowels – represented as little tics and hash marks on the page. Thus, the Jew reading from the Torah imitates God’s breathing life into man by breathing life into His Word. (I gather from other things I’ve read that this sort of give and take is common in Judaism.)
At any rate, I thought it an interesting coincidence that when you take the “life” vowel out of sperm – what your left with is death: SPRM.
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By the way, completely coincidental and totally gratuitous comment alert: Chris Smith is perhaps the single most prolife congressman currently serving office. He also happens to be the representative of the 4th Congressional District – which includes my hometown. Hurrah, for Christopher. We need more such public bearers of good news!

Comments

  1. Yes, it's an unfortunate acronym, if this is not a spoof, but you are not a woman, and while you are nevertheless justified in having a view about abortion, you talk about it far too much for my liking.

  2. Anonymous,

    I'm only talking about the choice women have: sperm or SPRM.

    Where's the harm in talking about choice?

    I thought choice was the thumbs up way to talk about these things.

    So why are you being so intolerant about having choices?

    JOB

  3. And Arabic is another language written without vowels I believe.

  4. What's the Arabic word for sperm?

    JOB

  5. Southern Expat says

    The reader must supply the vowels – represented as little tics and hash marks on the page. Thus, the Jew reading from the Torah imitates God's breathing life into man by breathing life into His Word.

    Really interesting – thanks.

  6. Jonathan Webb says

    I agree. Thanks.

  7. Jonathan Webb says

    Wish we had 535 Chris Smiths, but that would involve cloning and which is also wrong.

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