General Writing and Grammar Help/Godfather meaning.

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Dear Brian

What is the Dictionary meaning of "Godfather" ?.
Is it related to philosophy, spirituality ?.

Can we termed our Teacher, Coach, Spiritual Guru, Blood relations,
Close relatives etc as Godfather ?.

How we can use this word in English sentences ?. Can you illustrate this with examples ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hello Prashant!

The word "godfather" does not have philosophical or spiritual implications, but it does have religious ones.  Technically, it is simply someone who agrees to sponsor - take care of - a child at his baptism, in case the biological parents become unable to - for example, if both parents are killed in an accident, the godfather takes care of the child.

However, godfather can also loosely mean "one that founds, supports, or inspires" according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  Under this definition, you could use it to talk about a teacher, coach or guru, although that particular usage is uncommon.  For example, one might say "Elvis Presley was the godfather of rock music".

Hope that helps!  Take care.

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Anything to do with word usage and/or grammar, plus the fundamentals on almost any type of writing (especially creative writing, such as poetry, short stories, movie/dramatic scripts, etc.)

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Majored in English literature in college; have published short stories and poems, currently teaching English as a second language to foreigners

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As mentioned above, a bachelor's in English Literature and also a CELTA certification which enables me to teach English as a second language to foreigners.

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Editor's Choice for a national poetry contest. 2nd prize for a short story in a city-wide short story contest.

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