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grufty jim
grufty jim
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language and meaning
Nov 05, 2002, 13:02
Saying:
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> *any* word can mean *anything*
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is very different from...
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> so, in other words, *any* word can mean
> *anything*, if enough people use it that way
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which is precisely what i believe to be the case. Or do you have an alternative theory on how languages evolved and were created other than "enough people started using the same sound to represent an idea, and therefore bestowed it with meaning"? That's how i believe language works. I'd be interested to hear other theories (seriously)...
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