Semantics

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    Who do you think plays more games with semantics, liberals or conservatives?

    Discuss
     
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    both everyone and all of 'em

    just look at the evolution of words

    vetted for example

    o and i love 'free speech' zones
     
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    Probably the more intellectual from each group, if I were going to guess.
     
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    It's a rhetorical tactic. Both sides use it.

    People in general use it. Arguing about semantics is the last resort of someone who refuses to accept that they might be wrong.
     
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    Why isn't it important to look at what people actually say and the context in which they say it?

    I think "playing semantics" tends to be an excuse by people losing an argument to get out of the argument without dealing with it whatsoever.
     
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    It all depends on what you mean by "semantics".
     
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    :lol:
     
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    i had to chuckle at modbert who thanked this post....he frequently used the "semantics" argument :lol:
     
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    i did not have semantics with that woman!
     
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    Thesaurians are the worst.
     

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