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  1. Terms of Engagement

    by , 07-08-2016 at 03:59 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Words and Things

    The name is not the thing, but calling things something defines them and, to a significant degree, determines the nature of the discussion of those things. As an illustrative example, a few years ago some people decided to redefine the word "gender". At that time gender was a term in grammar, a set of classifications of nouns and pronouns, and that was all; although some dictionaries also included something about it being a humorous term for sex. ...