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Slow boat to China 

"Beebe China voyage attempt to encourage firms to move to state."

When I see voyage, I still think of a trip by water, and I find some support in the Random House Unabridged, whose first definition of voyage is "a course of travel or passage, especially a long journey by water to a distant place." But RH also says that a voyage can be "a passage through air or space" and "a journey by land," so I guess the headline is not incorrect, even though the governor didn't travel by boat, I'm pretty sure.

While we're getting our sea legs, let's take up a communication from Wayne Jordan concerning "words that have had their definitions twisted from their original meanings."

"On page 78 of National Geographic's April issue are these words," Jordan writes. " 'At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the 'unsinkable' R.M.S. Titanic disappeared beneath the waves, taking with her 1,500 souls ...' "

"How refreshing it is to see the word 'souls' used correctly," Jordan says. "The 'soul' is not something that separates from the body after a person dies. The original Hebrew and Greek define a soul as a living, breathing creature. Thus, the National Geographic is correct in identifying 1,500 souls as the victims of the Titanic tragedy. ... Apostate Christianity screwed up the meaning of 'soul' to 'prove' that your soul immediately goes to heaven after death. But if you study the Bible closely, you find the Bible doesn't say that: Instead, it's pagan Greek philosophy that says that."

The award-winning Meryl Lynch:

"William McGurn was a speechwriter for George W. Bush, while Peggy Noonan wrote most of Bush's father's best lines. Mary O'Grady was a finance industry insider at Meryl Lynch ..."

From the journalism review Extra!:

"What NPR Calls Objectivity ... An NPR news brief (1/24/12) on the Occupy D.C. encampment reported that 'the protesters are activists against what they call income inequality.' As a listener wrote to us, 'What I call my jaw dropped as I heard this. I was listening to NPR on what I call a radio ...' "

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