Contextual definitions are everything

Monday, March 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 30, 2010

It seems to be important now more than ever that we understand linguistics (the study of language). Almost daily, we are being made aware that some prominent figure did not mean what we thought they meant or do what we thought they did. Definitions are becoming far more important and murky. We formerly could accept the notion that a man’s word was his bond. Not anymore. We now have to have an understanding of many contexts before we can trust what is being communicated. We need some understanding of truth to function now more than ever. Communication is an integral part of our lives.