Semantics and grammar  

redmustang91 57M  
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6/24/2005 9:19 am

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Semantics and grammar

Semantics studies the meaning of language. Somehow this important area of human knowledge has beome a derogatory term: "You are just playing semantics" is a phrase often heard. Word meaning is important in laws and litigation over their meaning.

Because I love to read, was an English major in college and now a lawyer, thus a professional writer, the meaning of words has a more than incidental importance to me. I find many people adept at mangling the English language, using words improperly or saying things inadvertenly they do not mean.

Large words are often attractive land mines that blow up when accidentally mishandled. An example: The LA Times, no less, in describing a recent political inauguration described the setting as "grandiose", when the context showed the author meant "grand"! The meanings are very different. Grandiose is derogatory meaning showy and tawdry.

A bigger word may not be better. Don't be seduced by the American notion that larger is more desirable. Small but sensitive can be great!

lustmirror 63M
2897 posts
6/24/2005 10:42 am

when an average election runs in the millions
on both sides
it is possible
that "grandios"
is what was meant

not having read the article
I am talkin through my pam-o shanter

(always thought "grandios" was the high form of "adios")...t in c

PassionGoneWild 54M

6/24/2005 10:54 am

You have a good blog. It deserves to be read by more. I really like the variety of topics and your honesty. (And I'm straight, not gay; looking at male blogs can be quite interesting.)

redmustang91 57M  
8662 posts
6/24/2005 3:13 pm

Thanks for your comments Passion wild and I did not assume you were coming on to me! I am always opinionated; some of the opinions even reflect the views of the author!

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