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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    Many agree with you. But it's been hammered into my brain that words are only symbols of the meanings the individual intends.

    Communication is the process of evoking the meaning in the listener's mind that matches the intention of the speaker.

    So when the listener says "in my mind that word in that context has a racist meaning and I wish you would use another word"

    I say, "not my intention, I will use another word."

    And so I shall.

    But when the state says, you can't use that word and if you do, you will be punished, then the entire communication process is interrupted. And I see that tendency becoming the norm.
    Can you tell us where we can find a complete list of the words that have been banned by the U.S. government? So that, you know, we don't make the criminal mistake of using them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    "The state"? Are you getting snail mail from Obama about your vocabulary?

    No one even suggested banning "uppity" on PH, which is private property.
    The people defined Marriage. The State redefined it.

    The people defined gender. The State is aiming to redefine it.

    The people define their own words, which is how dictionaries are written. The Intelligentsia now tells us connotations that most people do not grasp and tries to shape the culture so that their definitions are imposed on people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Can you tell us where we can find a complete list of the words that have been banned by the U.S. government? So that, you know, we don't make the criminal mistake of using them?
    I don't know. Do you? Every time somebody tells me that a word is sexist, or racist or homophobic, I find a new example. I find it rather disturbing. Some I know. Others I discover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    The people defined Marriage. The State redefined it.

    The people defined gender. The State is aiming to redefine it.

    The people define their own words, which is how dictionaries are written. The Intelligentsia now tells us connotations that most people do not grasp and tries to shape the culture so that their definitions are imposed on people.
    Pshaw. Just because information calls for a new vocabulary doesn't mean you must be intelligent to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    The people defined Marriage. The State redefined it.

    The people defined gender. The State is aiming to redefine it.
    That's one of my favorite comedy routines of yours. Thanks for busting out one of the oldies.
    Last edited by boontito; 3rd July 2016 at 05:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    I don't know. Do you? Every time somebody tells me that a word is sexist, or racist or homophobic, I find a new example. I find it rather disturbing. Some I know. Others I discover.
    "Somebody" tells you? You mean a person? One of those responsible for defining words as you say? I thought this was an anti-government rant?

    ::: disappointed :::
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    I don't know. Do you? Every time somebody tells me that a word is sexist, or racist or homophobic, I find a new example. I find it rather disturbing. Some I know. Others I discover.
    Odd, unless you are in a chronic search for permissible words to use to express sexist or racist or homophobic ideas.

    You're not, are you?
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    How are we to know who the racists, homophobes, and misogynists are if they can't use words that are racist, homophobic, or misogynistic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    The people defined Marriage. The State redefined it.

    The people defined gender. The State is aiming to redefine it.

    The people define their own words, which is how dictionaries are written. The Intelligentsia now tells us connotations that most people do not grasp and tries to shape the culture so that their definitions are imposed on people.
    The state has always defined marriage and gender is defined by biology and genetics. The people had nothing to do with either.
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    This thread is the perfect marriage of humor and buffoonery... oh, wait... did I just redefine marriage?
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