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Semantics

Calling Sanders a "Socialist" Dismisses His Good Ideas

Cody Gough | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
Cody Gough

The worst moment of the entire 2016 presidential campaign was when Bernie Sanders first uttered the phrase "democratic socialist." Why? Because since last summer, it seems like every online discussion regarding the election has involved slapping a label on an issue or policy and then spiralling into a fruitless debate about its precise application or meaning.

Justice Scalia and Queen Anne

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Of course, Justice Scalia is correct that failure to understand any such contemporaneous meanings of these terms would lead a modern reader to misinterpret what Queen Anne may have said. However, on its face, this example does not apply to the interpretation and application of an ongoing legal rule.

6 Things To Understand When Talking About Abortion

David A. Grimes | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Incorrect, misleading, and inflammatory language obfuscates, rather than illuminates, the discussion around abortion. Words matter. We should all choose them carefully.

Spiritual Semantics

James Van Praagh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
James Van Praagh

I think the big division between science and spirituality could be narrowed by a clearer definition of our words. Our vocabulary doesn't serve us well. Don't let the foibles of our vocabulary prevent you from respecting the beliefs of others as long as they respect and honor yours.

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

Charles Fillmore, Discoverer of Frame Semantics, Dies in SF at 84: He Figured Out How Framing Works

George Lakoff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
George Lakoff

Charles J. Fillmore, one of the world's greatest linguists -- ever -- died last Thursday, February 13, at the age of 84 in San Francisco. He was the discoverer of frame semantics, who did the essential research on the nature of framing in thought and language.

Remission With an *

Bret Hoekema | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Asterisks aside, no one on my medical team seems disappointed by the PET results. In the eyes of many, I am in remission. I will learn to accept this as good news. I'll continue to believe that I'm on the cusp of complete remission.

Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.01.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Apparently, there has been some kind of mix up with the whole "2012 Mayan Calendar" thing. A new translation of an ancient Mayan text -- "The Axhumuc...

Bernanke: Fed Can't Save Economy From Fiscal Cliff

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business

If the U.S. economy goes over the fiscal cliff, there's really nothing the Federal Reserve can do to help. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke repeated that ...

The Semantics Of "Submission"

Robin Lakoff | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Voters need to know who will be making important decisions if Michele Bachmann comes into the White House. If President Bachmann makes a bad decision, will she say, "The buck stops here," or "My husband made me do it"?

Göbekli Tepe Complex of Interpretation

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Context It's been said that history is written by victors. What hasn't been said - because it is rather self-evident - is that history is written in ...

Terrorism: Not 'Just Semantics'

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Ever since 9/11, Americans have engaged an ongoing debate on how to make sense of terrorism, and along those lines, what measures to take when terrorists are caught.

Cutting to the Chase

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Lakoff

It seems obvious that people create shortened forms to save time. And yet, most often, we don't save that much time and may run the risk of endangering intelligibility.