Another one of those odd words used in a Christian vocabulary is “pew,” pronounced “pyoo.”
“Pugh,” pronounced as “pee-yoo,” is what immediately comes to mind. I’ve been in churches where both the preacher and the congregation stunk the place up with their “theology.” I’ve been “corrected” in the past by several professional Christians and my take on what they said was definitely of the “pee-yoo” version. But, alas, I wander…
Here’s the definition according to Dictionary.com:
- (in a church) one of a number of fixed, benchlike seats with backs, accessible by aisles, for the use of the congregation.
- an enclosed seat in a church, or an enclosure with seats, usually reserved for a family or other group of worshipers.
- those occupying pews; congregation.
According to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, another possible use or definition of the word is:
- Of or pertaining to the foot, or to feet, literally or figuratively; specifically, pertaining to the foot of a mollusk; as, the pedal ganglion.
- Isn’t it odd that a “pew” is only associated with a “church” setting? Everywhere else it is called a “bench.”
- Is “pee-yoo” perhaps a better pronunciation due to the reality of the world’s perception of the “church” setting?
- Are we Christians acting like the foot of a mollusk in our dealings with the world around us?