Do you pay a Wee-Fee for your WiFi, or do you hee-hee when some people say Wee-Fee? Most people reading this blog know that WiFi is the wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed connection to the internet.
What you may not know is that about 7% of the people living in Arkansas pronounce WiFi as Wee-Fee; however, they are not alone. In fact, there are several countries that have a significant number of people who opt for the Wee-Fee pronunciation of the word:
- Spain 49.3%
- France 46.1%
- Hungary 41%
- Belgium 34.4%
- Netherlands 33.7%
The meaning of WiFi does not change if it is pronounced Wee-Fee, but in some situations a mispronounced word can lead to heated circumstances.
I clearly remember an unclearly spoken word that created a state of confusion. I was 18, and was asleep on the top floor of an old Air Force barracks when a backwoods sergeant ran down the hall shouting, “Far! Far!” I thought: “Far? How far am I supposed to go and in which direction?”
“Far” took on new meaning and significance when the smell of burning wood began to find its way into my room. I realized the sergeant with the hick-accent had not been shouting “far,” but was yelling “FIRE!”
One of the basic rules of communication is found in the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). The Apostle Paul could be profoundly simple in the way he stated truth, and he kept it simple and clear in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The wages of your sin cost God more than just a wee-fee, it cost Him the death of His son on the cross of Calvary.
Your WiFi might be what directs you to the internet, but it’s Jesus who connects you to Heaven. Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through me.”