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Daemon
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"Shibboleth"

An easy way to get a sense of whether or not someone is a musical insider is to have him say the word "timbre." This is because musicians generally pronounce the first syllable of that word differently than non-musicians. "Timbre" is therefore a shibboleth—a word whose pronunciation can be used to distinguish between groups. The word has its origins in the Bible, which recounts the killing of 42,000 fugitive soldiers identified by their pronunciation of "shibboleth." How did they say it? More...
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Apparently, people in the know know how to pronounce 'shibboleth'.

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A shibboleth is one specific phenomenon involving observing use of language of "out-group" people. It is a linguistic marker that is characteristic of members of a group, which is used by another group to identify members of the first group. Such identification typically has bad consequences for the members thus identified.
The story behind the word is recorded in the biblical Book of Judges. The word shibboleth in ancient Hebrew dialects meant 'ear of grain' (or, some say, 'stream'). Some groups pronounced it with a sh sound, but speakers of related dialects pronounced it with an s.
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Etymology

From Hebrew שבולת (šibbōlet, “ear of wheat”), with reference to Judges 12:5-6: ‘Gilead then cut Ephraim off from the fords of the Jordan, and whenever Ephraimite fugitives said, “Let me cross,” the men of Gilead would ask, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he said, “No,” they then said, “Very well, say Shibboleth.” If anyone said “Sibboleth”, but could not pronounce it, they would then seize him and kill him by the fords of the Jordan.’ (New Jerusalem Bible)

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Yuanxu Li
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Lots of Asian people would be killed for that since this word is so hard for them:)
Just joking.
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The primary Oxford definition of shibboleth is "A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important". This is the (BE) definition I had always understood: no mention of differences in pronunciation. By extension, it becomes just "outmoded idea", or "cliché".

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A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

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