Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
5. Semantic Disconnect
I wish I had something insightful to say about this one, but I don't. I don't understand what is meant by this phrase when used specifically in
Ceci, you have used this phrase many times. Do you suppose you could explain what it means?
In other discussions or debates, I think it means that two views simply cannot be discussed using the same words (until definitions are agreed upon)
because the two sides aren't using the same definitions
for the words they're using. So, even though the words go back and forth, the
don't. Therefore, even though words are flying back and forth, there is no real communication. Words are being exchanged but there is
a dosconnect in the conversation.
In race-related discussions, it means the same thing to me. But it has been used many times when the above wasn't happening in my perception, so I'm
a bit confused about this one.
6. Finger wagging
This one is fairly self-explanatory and seems to pop up when the discussions are getting particularly heated. And I'd have to say that most of us who
have been involved in these discussions have given the old finger a good workout from time to time.
Basically, I think it means telling another person something negative about their behavior instead of what's being said, but it's been pulled out
far too often and therefore comes to have no meaning or impact.
Again, none of these phrases are limited to racial discussions, but they have come up a lot in racial discussions on the board. And I actually think
it's a great idea to discuss them and what they mean to us, if it does nothing more than to address the "semantic disconnect" that so often seems
to happen. But if we discuss the phrases in the OP, I think it's only fair to discuss the phrases all
of us have been using. Not just one side
or the other.