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Words: How they are used vs How they are supposed to be used
Sometimes it bugs me when someone refers to a definition of a word as common knowledge, when I bet a lot of times, many other people misuse the words and their official definitions in the dictionary.
But I guess there should be a differentiation between common knowledge and common assumption, and by these two terms, I have been 90% leaning towards using terms based on common assumption.
And I would say that nearly all the words I use/know are based on how I observe others use them or how they are used in an actual conversation.
I rarely, sometimes even purposefully, do not use the dictionary because I like to ask these questions:
- How is this word used by most people?
- What is the intuitive meaning of the word (probably based on first impression)?
- What connotations do these words carry that dictionaries sometimes cannot tell you?
So how do you guys use your words, where did you learn the definitions, and what is your opinion on how people should use words?