Philipp Wettmann

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A word in a human language represents a fuzzy room of meaning, rather, than a sharply defined point.

I think in many conversattions on this website two or more contary opinions are right and people often try to argue for there position, either with groups, who use a different word for the same meaning, or with those, who use the same word for an other meaning. A slight shift in "meaning-space" can cause major artificial differences in opinion.

Closing Statement from Philipp Wettmann

Thank you for your interesting contributions.
This conversation has shown, that the fuzzynes of human languages and specialy the english one can be bout a blessing and a curse.
You mentioned, that it is often possiple to make the effort to be more precise and that in most cases the context can help, but that at the other hand some people use, or abuse the unpecise meaning of words with intention.
Very interesting thank you.

  • Jun 27 2011: ist Englisch Schrecklich? Some people on this site also get really caught up in using certain words all the time, which aren't in common use. Also, intellectuals sometimes choose to use words which may not be understood by all, or be in common use, to freeze certain people out of conversations. Interesting dynamics all round.
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      Jun 28 2011: You are right, the huge english vocabulary is helpfull for people, who wandt to exclude others from a conversation, or just to show of. I did not even think of this problem and nearly missed your exemple for the use of a language not common to most people here.
      For me this shows,the possibility that a person, who speaks a certain language, slang, or uses unusual words might not be aware of it and that it is at least for those, who are not excluded very hard to spot.
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    Jun 27 2011: Words can be as precise as you want them to be. People choose to talk in shades of gray to influence others and draw them to their cause. Inducing your audience to see the benefits of your point of view while hiding the drawbacks of something they already oppose has been a time-worn negotiating tactic.
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      Jun 28 2011: I would deny the first sentence, it is often not easy to speake precisely and in some cases not even possible either because it would take very much time, or because the information is not totaly compatible with language. For example most things we sense are rather unperfectly described by langage.

      On the other things you say, I agree with you.
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    Jun 30 2011: Keep it fuzzy - avoid Newspeak.
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    Jun 28 2011: I am happy, that the description of this conversation is not very precise, because, there are intersting views on this topic which would not fit with my firtst idea of what I wandted to discuss here.
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    Jun 26 2011: While I agree with you, I think context can often be powerful enough to make clear what someone is trying to say when they use a word and that many chose to play around with semantics in the only goal of making conversation. Rather unnecessarily at times.