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    Question where is the humur ?

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    The minister had a special filing drawer for his bills. It was labeled: "Due unto others"

    The above sentences was quoted from web site.
    Could you tell me where the humor is? What does "Due" mean? and what does "Due unto others"mean? thank you all.

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    Church Bulletin

    The minister had a special filing drawer for his bills. It was labeled: "Due unto others"

    The above sentences was quoted from web site.
    Could you tell me where the humor is? What does "Due" mean? and what does "Due unto others"mean? thank you all.

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    This is a pun (a play on words). There is a quote from the Bible which begins "Do unto others".

    "Due" means that an amount of money is owed. When you receive your electricity bill, for example, it might show "Amount due: $50". This is the amount you have to pay.

    The vicar puts all of his bills in the drawer marked "Due unto others" to show that it contains details of money that he must pay other people.

    "Due unto others" sounds very similar to "Do unto others" - the pronunciation of the first word is different, but when combined with the rest of the phrase, the pun is clear.

    Please note: You have posted many of these questions, and each time you type "humur" in the title. The correct spelling is "humour" in BrE and "humor" in AmE.

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Oh so "minister" in this context means a "vicar", not a government official. English is dangerous sometimes, :(.

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Yes, in many of the Protestant denominations (in the US, at least, I can't speak for others), the people who lead the church are called ministers. In fact, because we don't use the word "minister" for our own government, most people in the US immediately would think of the church connotation before the government one.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 09-Aug-2010 at 13:44.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Question Re: where is the humur ?

    In Luke 6:31

    NIV BIBLE Said:

    Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    NOT

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    "Do unto others" can we say " Don't do to others"

    "Do unto" is modern English?



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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    In Luke 6:31

    NIV BIBLE Said:

    Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    NOT

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    "Do unto others" can we say " Don't do to others"

    "Do unto" is modern English?



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    "Do unto" is definitely not modern English.

    Perhaps the quote has been misquoted for many years. I've always heard "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", but I've never read the Bible so I have no idea. If it's an error, then it's certainly a commonly used error!!

    You can't replace it with "Don't do to others" because that means the exact opposite!

    "Do to others as you would have them do to you" means "Treat other people in the same way that you want them to treat you".

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Lots of "Bible" quotes aren't actually in the Bible verbatim.

    The King James gives it as:

    "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Lots of "Bible" quotes aren't actually in the Bible verbatim.

    The King James gives it as:

    "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
    Depends on the translation, I suppose, as the Bible wasn't written in English!
    I have an old Catholic edition which says:

    And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.


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    Re: where is the humur ?

    Quote Originally Posted by valdisole View Post
    Depends on the translation, I suppose, as the Bible wasn't written in English!
    I know some Christians whose mother tongue is not English and they told me that they prefer speaking English in Churches because that makes them feel closer to God. They were amazed when I said that the Bible was in fact not written in English and Jesus Christ was a Jew. That was so hillarious.

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