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Words on Words

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694556.003.0022
Words on Words

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This chapter discusses the following topics: how the nature of one's ideas about religion is strongly conditioned by the words in which they are expressed; the rhetorical abundance of Americans; the use of the word ‘society’; how one third of other people's conversation is usually made up of words that appear to do no work at all; how the last and highest state of language evolution is its employment for purposes of factual description and rational argument; and the discriminating use of Roget's Thesaurus.

Keywords: religion; rhetorical abundance; Americans; society; language evolution; Roget's Thesaurus

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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