The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #3287848
Posted By: Amos
09-Jan-12 - 11:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
SIr,

I would like to introduce you to a strange, revolutionary notion. Viz, that a single word--with one set of symbols, one set of phonemes--can have more than one concept attached to it, which it may evoke depending on context, and further, that this plurality of concepts may be entirely different one to the next, with little or no overlap in meaning.

For example, there is no overlap between "left" mean the direction of west when facing north and "left" meaning abandoned or remaining apart. In a similar vein, I hasten to point out to you that there is no strong conceptual link between "right" meaning the direction of east when facing north, and "right" meaning politically conservative, and "right", meaning an inherent privilege concomitant to some category of existence.

Until you master this radical notion you will continue to mewl and spew idiocies into the bottomless toilet of cyberspace!!

A