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    Smile Re: Usage of 'crisis'

    A devoted believer whose name was Ned had lost his temper on his neighbour and he thought he had violated the dogma of the Bible. That made him can not sleep so he decided to call a priest for relief at midnight. It was the priest's wife who picked up the phone. She said to her husband, 'Ned has a crisis."

    I am wondering why the woman used 'crisis' here because it seems to me it was just a small fry and 'crisis' sounds very serious. The woman even didn't know what had happened. Is any emotional trouble called 'crisis' to a priest?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Usage of 'crisis'

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    A devoted believer whose name was Ned had losed his temper on his neighbour and he thought he had violated the dogma of the Bible. That made him can not sleep so he decided to call a priest for relief at midnight. It was the priest's wife who picked up the phone. She said to her husband, 'Ned has a crisis."

    I wondering why the woman use 'crisis' here because it seems to me it was just a small fry and 'crisis' sounded very serious. The woman even didn't know what had happened. Is any emotional trouble called 'crisis' to a priest?

    Thanks!
    "Crisis" is OK here. Obviously it's not an international nuclear standoff. But if someone rings their priest in the middle of the night, they're probably having an emotional crisis.
    It's not as exaggerated as, say, people who post here with an urgent grammatical problem!

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    Smile Re: Usage of 'crisis'

    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your illustration. Fortunately, I don't have such a crisis about grammar here.

    Another related question:

    At the end of the calling, Ned said, "Bless you, Reverend."

    Why did Ned say so? Actually I think Ned should say thank you to the priest. And the priest would respond, "Bless you, Ned." since Ned violated the teaching of the Bible.

    Could you give me a hand again? Thanks!

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    Re: Usage of 'crisis'

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your illustration. Fortunately, I don't have such a crisis about grammar here.

    Another related question:

    At the end of the calling, Ned said, "Bless you, Reverend."

    Why did Ned say so? Actually I think Ned should say thank you to the priest. And the priest would respond, "Bless you, Ned." since Ned violated the teaching of the Bible.

    Could you give me a hand again? Thanks!
    "Bless you" is a term usable by anyone who believes in God; it doesn't have to be a priest. It means "May God bless you". It isn't Ned blessing the priest; it's Ned asking God to bless the priest. In this case it's just a way of saying thank you.
    It could have occurred the way you written, but this time it didn't.

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    Raymott, thanks a bunch.

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