Questions relating to semantics, the study of meaning.

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Can one “marry one's wife”?

I was vacantly reading the paper the other day when I came across a strange formation in the obituary: "he married his wife in 19XX". I was rather taken aback by this; surely he can't marry his own ...
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Is a thumb also a finger?

The thumb has a different name compared to the other fingers (index, middle, ring, little) and it does not end with "finger". Also, when referring to the hand, I have seen literature where it is ...
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How are pronouns resolved?

Are pronouns in English resolved syntactically or semantically? Do they always refer to the closest matching noun? A wikipedia article has these examples: We gave the bananas to the monkeys ...
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Is “including but not limited to” a redundant phrase?

Doesn't "including" imply the "not limited to"?
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What is the semantic difference between “encipher” and “encrypt”?

What is the semantic difference between encipher and encrypt?