« Fake it till you make it. | Main | Questions! Via the Internetwork of Computers! Yes, it's another Question from Mr. SponsorPants's email box! »

May 27, 2008

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

MacLeod123

I've thought about this one for a long time and come to the following conclusion regarding defects of character vs. shortcomings:

Bill Wilson was many things, but he was nothing if not an exceptional writer. The language of the Big Book can sound rather quaint today, but that isn't because of the writing; it's because it's OLD. Bill really knew his way around the English language, and because of this I'm convinced that "defects of character" and "shortcomings," as used in Steps 6 and 7, are really two ways of saying the same thing.

I think it would have bothered Bill immensely to use the same term twice so close together. I'm a sometime writer, and I know that's just the sort of thing that comes up for me all the time. I can just picture Bill sitting at a typewriter looking puzzled, then consulting the thesaurus for just the proper term.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Blog powered by Typepad