Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth.
This word is the shibboleth of England; it divides her into two halves, and civilized society into two castes.
How tiresome the shibboleth which many clergymen talk in church is!
India has searched out the value of many a Western shibboleth, destroyed many doctrines, principles, ideas and theories.
This does not mean that all ethics lies compact in the shibboleth, Be yourself.
Of each man who came to the stream of Jordan wishing to pass to the other side it was required that he should say shibboleth.
Progress, the white man's shibboleth, has no meaning for the Patagonian.
With that he reeled away, looking over his shoulder and, still yelling his shibboleth of “Friend, friend!”
There is a crispness and sharpness about his tones—that shibboleth of militaryism.
And the physical Hakim could by no test or shibboleth be prevented from silently introducing the spiritual Hakim.
late 14c., the Hebrew word shibboleth, meaning "flood, stream," also "ear of corn;" in Judges xii:4-6. It was the password used by the Gileadites to distinguish their own men from fleeing Ephraimites, because Ephraimites could not pronounce the -sh- sound. Hence the figurative sense of "watchword" (first recorded 1630s), which evolved by 1862 to "outmoded slogan still adhered to." A similar test-word was cicera "chick pease," used by the Italians to identify the French (who could not pronounce it correctly) during the massacre called the Sicilian Vespers (1282).