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Re: quick and dirty

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:09 am
by Tosh
ann2 wrote:A dictionary is sometimes absolutely necessary in conjunction with the Big Book.
Not for the word 'God' though! If we had an A.A. dictionary, the definition under the word 'God' should be left blank, for us to personally fill out. :lol:

Re: quick and dirty

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:00 am
by ezdzit247
Peter.H. wrote:I remember my first sponsor asking me to read the first paragraph of Chapter 3, 'More About Alcoholism'.
I read it but did not retain anything about what I read. He got me to just read the first sentence, but still no retention.
I tried three times but to no avail. I cried because I thought I was brain damaged.
After he left, I tried over and over again to grasp what I was reading. I even prayed for help.
Then I was able to grasp the meaning of those sentences, one by one, in a slow fashion.

Soon I had to read allowed at the Big Book study meetings. Everybody was so understanding and patient.
They had a dictionary too, and I thumbed it often. I even for checked words I know but my self-confidence created doubt.
I found the Big Book had many words I never heard of.
But after using the dictionary and thesaurus, I soon realized that the word they used was the only one that clarified exactly what was needed to be conveyed.
I learnt that to articulate correct meaning of things, it is better to use the right words.
Beautiful story, Peter.

Thank you for sharing it with us. :D

Re: quick and dirty

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:05 am
by ezdzit247
Tosh wrote:
ann2 wrote:A dictionary is sometimes absolutely necessary in conjunction with the Big Book.
Not for the word 'God' though! If we had an A.A. dictionary, the definition under the word 'God' should be left blank, for us to personally fill out. :lol:
Great idea! In fact, it's a brilliant idea!

Re: quick and dirty

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:37 am
by ezdzit247
Blue Moon wrote:
ezdzit247 wrote:
Blue Moon wrote:Whenever I'm feeling verbally challenged, the online dictionary and thesaurus are good tools.
Is that your suggestion for verbally challenged newcomers?
No, it's for the verbally challenged person trying to help them. Once again, the book suggests we communicate at the audience's level, not that they should have to get a dictionary and thesaurus in order to understand what we really mean.
Good idea. AA newcomers are coming into the program so much younger and smarter than the older generations of drunks. These kids don't seem to suffer from the same hangups over words that some of the old timers do and hearing them paraphrase different Big Book concepts in their own vocabularies makes my little ol' heart go pitty pat in meetings. It really is an amazing experience.

Re: quick and dirty

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:50 pm
by Blue Moon
Tosh wrote:
ann2 wrote:A dictionary is sometimes absolutely necessary in conjunction with the Big Book.
Not for the word 'God' though! If we had an A.A. dictionary, the definition under the word 'God' should be left blank, for us to personally fill out. :lol:
LOL. But remember, we should use a pencil and keep an eraser handy.