Sunday, May 31, 2009

Parochial, Parish

Parish: In several churches (Catholic, Anglican), the smallest geographical area, usually served by a single church, is called a parish. In some civil jurisdictions parishes might correspond to counties (Louisiana) or townships (South Carolina).

Parochial: Parochial indicates something restricted to a parish. Parochial schools are religious schools. Over time parochial, like provincial, has come to mean small minded and unsophisticated.
When I reached the age of taking Deacon's Orders, I found myself established as the Mathematical Lecturer, and with no sort of inclination to give it up and take parochial work. - Lewis Carroll

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