Main Entry: se·man·tics Listen to the pronunciation of semantics Pronunciation: \si-ˈman-tiks\ Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1893 1: the study of meanings: a: the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development b (1): semiotic (2): a branch of semiotic dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth 2: general semantics3 a: the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs ; especially : connotative meaning b: the language used (as in advertising or political propaganda) to achieve a desired effect on an audience especially through the use of words with novel or dual meanings semantics - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary the words: pork barrel is now ear mark spending? investigation and question for info is now vetting? and my favorite..taking responsiblity and overseeing something is now called...transparcy? why all these new words to describe old acts and why does the media latch onto them as fast as they can? what are they trying to sell us with the new words?