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One and half billion people around the world speak the English language. The Global Language Monitor keeps track of new words, as they become part of common usage. In a six-week period the Monitor has seen the rise of a new word based on the actions of Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow. As the football team won several dramatic last minute victories during the 2011 season, the word “Tebowing” began appearing around the world. The official definition of the word is he act of ‘taking a knee’ in prayerful reflection in the midst of an athletic activity.

GLM uses tracking technologies to provide an accurate real-time picture about any topic within the language. ESPN has begun to use the word, and the “Tebowing.com” website is devoted to people posing in the “tebowing position.” The New York Times carried an editorial on the topic, and a Chinese search engine has seen hundreds of citations for the new word. One of the more interesting definitions appears in the Urban Dictionary from France. That source defines “tebowing” as “To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”

--Tebowing Accepted into the English Language, http://www.languagemonitor.com/tag/tebowing-com; December 12, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Matthew 5:16 (CEV) “Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”

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