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  • Words have intrinsic meaning

    Logic isn't up for a vote. Of course words have meanings. As definitions change words change or are modified. Now evolution has become micro-evolution or macro-evolution. Language changes as words are added. The fact that dictionaries are still in use proves the fixed meanings of most words. These meanings cannot be arbitrarily changed on a whim. If a meaning were to change, it would be added to the dictionary and the new meaning would now become intrinsic. Every year words are added to the dictionary that have come into common usage. These words once accepted and defined have intrinsic meaning. The logic is simple and basic.

  • Yes otherwise whats the point...

    We are debating with words... We hurt people with words... We heal people with words... They must have meaning to themselves otherwise it wouldn't matter... They form the languages we speak in to relate back to the real world! You can even look at Words like Plato does with his world of Forms they relate back to the objects but ultimately mean more than what you think they do... Yes they have usages but the words themselves have meaning with in themselves examples can be seen in the word/name God or the identity/sex of someone. At the same time swear words hurt... And people act on these words... If they did not have meaning within themselves people would do nothing...

  • Even though language is constantly changing, it is clear that, while between changes, the words have a intrinsic meaning

    What changes does so for a simple reason: because it already is something. If it is beginning to be another thing or not, it does not matter in a existential standpoint.
    Thus, by merely existing, the word already has its meaning, even if distorted, actualized, marginalized or adapted for newer times.
    Also, we cannot confuse the words' meanings with the communicators' meanings. The person who emits some word can quite well mean something else than the widely accepted meaning of the word spoken/written, but, anyhow, even the perception of the change of significance is a sign that that word may not be in its most used fashion.

  • They have usages

    Words don't have intrinsic meaning, they have usages. As other people have stated before me, language is ever changing, and constantly evolving. Different languages may have words that are identical in their spelling, and very similar pronunciation (I.E. Fart in English is fart, while fart in Norwegian is speed).

    When we agree on a word's usage, we can start to have a conversation where we understand each other.

  • They have usages

    Words don't have intrinsic meaning, they have usages. As other people have stated before me, language is ever changing, and constantly evolving. Different languages may have words that are identical in their spelling, and very similar pronunciation (I.E. Fart in English is fart, while fart in Norwegian is speed).

    When we agree on a word's usage, we can start to have a conversation where we understand each other.

  • An evolutionary tool created by us to communicate with each other...

    Words are the product of our creating as a species to understand each other and communicate our ideas. Each seperated geographical areas create their own version of verbal communication. Since we created the language we gave these words their meaning. So why wouldn't we be able to change their meaning.

  • They're just sounds.

    Different languages, to me, show they have no intrinsic meaning. That, along with the fact that we can change the meaning of a world at our whim. We all just agree as to what they mean, that's what gives them meaning. Sometimes we don't agree and that makes a word meaningless.

  • Language is ever changing.......

    Funny, I have to use words for my opinion! All joking aside, the very fact that there are so many languages, and in each one, there are varied and diverse meanings for the same word and many slang terms just goes to show that it is not possible to have intrinsic or inherent value in words. Even sign language has slang! The definition of these words, as we have come to agree on them of course, since they have no meaning, is a value that is FOUND, not given, whereas all words in all languages must be GIVEN value to be agreed upon, ruling out intrinsic value.


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