Ever wonder why this site is called “The Crooked Mouth”? Well, it is a reference to the origin of my surname, “Campbell”. The consensus among many historians and genealogists is that the Campbell name can be traced back to the Gaelic, “caimbeul” which means “crooked mouth”. It can also mean “curved” or “twisted” mouth.
When I started this site, I did so under the cover of a pseudonym. You can read more about the reasons that led to that on the “About” page. Even though I was needing to create anonymity on this site, I couldn’t get away from having some sort of link to me. So I chose the site name, “The Crooked Mouth,” as an obscure reference to my real name.
When I think of the image of a crooked mouth, I imagine a wry smile. Indeed “wry” is a good substitute for crooked or twisted. Usually a wry smile is associated with displeasure or condescension. However, it can also be found on the faces of those who recognize the dry humor present in challenging conventionally held beliefs.
As a follower of Christ, I often find myself with a crooked mouth when talking about the differences between typical American church-going and participation in a community of people earnestly desiring to live out their faith in Christ as Victor and Reconcilier. Rather than become despondant, angry, hopeless, or cynical, I try to keep a smile on my face and press in to the foot of the cross, even if that smile is a rather crooked one.