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pluralnoun [ usu. treated as sing. ]
the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.
• the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text: such quibbling over semantics may seem petty stuff.
Originally posted by RedShirt73
reply to post by TheSubversiveOne
Semantics are very important, I agree, but they change as you go to different parts of the world. Saying a certain sentence/word in one part of the world will mean something completely opposite/different in another. Trust me I know, lol. I'm a newfie living on the mainland, lol.
Originally posted by TheSubversiveOne
reply to post by XLR8R
"Let's not ague semantics" seems like a tactic used to skirt around the fact that perhaps one has been wrong about the meaning of something his whole life. It's difficult to admit when one is wrong, and by saying "let's not ague semantics," it seems one wishes to belittle semantics rather than one's own vocabulary and grasp of language. This bothers me for some reason.
Originally posted by ImaFungi
Im trying to explain gravity.... Im talking to you and i say " watch what happens when i lift this rock up and drop it" .... and then you say... "but thats not a rock, its a pebble"..... and then we argue about that for half an hour.... my goal is to explain the physical phenomena of gravity.. and now we are arguing over the man made arbitrary definitions of the words rock and pebble...