In the wedding on Saturday, in his talk, the minister kept using the word purpose as a verb. It disturbed me greatly: can purpose be a verb? 'God purposed this.' Really? At the end of the service I turned to Nathan who was sitting behind me and is another grammar pedant and said, 'Purposed?'
'I know!' he said. 'I noticed that too.'
Let's see what Mr Chambers has to say.
Blow me down. vt to intend. Mr Pastor, I take it all back.
And pious. It's been used in Zac's recently as a derogatory term and that hasn't been my understanding of it. So once again it's to Mr Chambers I turn.
Piety is defined as dutifulness, devoutness, sense of duty while pious itself is defined as dutiful but it does have an alternative and less good meaning - professing to be religious.
I guess it's one of those words that the behaviour of those who claim to be it bring into disrepute.