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Semantic traps

Semantic traps

These are ambiguous words used to stir a discussion to a certain direction and to influence people’s judgments. These words don’t have a specific meaning and overall are words that are systemically misleading.

Whenever we talk, we should always be mindful of the words we choose to speak. What we say holds the capability of swaying people's judgements and thoughts.

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  • In historical linguistics, it refers to the any change in the meaning(s) of a word through the development of languages over the course of time.
  • Also called semantic shift, lexical change and semantic progression.
  • "Semantic change is not a change in meaning per ...

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