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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:33 AM

6. These words and phrases they throw around...

Like “Obamagate,” or my favorite, “teach the (nonexistent) controversy” are not themselves meaningful. They are just meant to stir people up. They don’t have to have details or a real basis in fact. It’s just coded language meant to reinforce their existing point of view. Take a look at this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gostak

It doesn’t mean anything, but in Breuer’s short story “The Gostak and the Doshes,” it’s enough to divide people.

This sort of linguistic nightmare plays havoc with a rational person’s thinking, while an emotionally-motivated one can latch on to the slogan and join the rabid mob chanting for whatever head they’re demanding on a pole.

*I am not a linguist or a semanticist.

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