Assignment Instructions

What does “shibboleth” mean and where did the term come from? Comment on the biblical origins of the term, including the narrative context and then discuss how it used by English speakers today using the following opinion pieces:

Safire, William. “Shattering Shibboleths.” New York Times, October 12, 1998. (This is an essay on the impeachment of President Clinton.)

O’Toole, Finian. “The Good Friday Agreement is so much more than a ‘Shibboleth.’” The Guardian, April 10, 2018. (This is an essay disputing the remarks of a British politician concerning the agreement that brought an end to armed conflict in Northern Ireland.)