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comment Who ''coined'' the term “scare quotes,” and why is the word “scare” used?
Would it be a separate question if I wanted to know more about the gesture of forming those quotes in the air as you speak?
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comment Who ''coined'' the term “scare quotes,” and why is the word “scare” used?
I always thought the implication was more about irony, than anything else. Ironic ideas don't often strike me as scary.
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accepted Is the phrase “it's just a matter of semantics” meaningless?
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comment Is this sentence semantically correct?
An alternative conversion to parallel grammar: "He enjoys skiing, playing the guitar, hiking, and wild living." :-)
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answered Is the phrase “it's just a matter of semantics” meaningless?
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comment Is the phrase “it's just a matter of semantics” meaningless?
@BillFranke let take the marriage/civil union argument a bit further. Say that I argue in German, and you argue in French. Clearly we are using different words. Can we say the difference is "just semantics"? Either we have a difference in meaning (and should not be trivialized) or we mean the same thing, in which case there is no difference. We argue about phrasing and how we say it -- that is clear -- but if we argue about meaning, then the use of the word "just" seems wrong. (Hope I am not being too dense here, I am just not quite getting it.)
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comment Is the phrase “it's just a matter of semantics” meaningless?
Hmmm. if those wedded to objective theory "only care about the words being used", wouldn't that be a matter of terminology? Why would they say it is a matter of semantics? I would think that semantics is the meanings behind the words.
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accepted For the verb 'focus' why is the gerund form 'focusing' with a single S, instead of 'focussing' with a double S?
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asked For the verb 'focus' why is the gerund form 'focusing' with a single S, instead of 'focussing' with a double S?