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  •  I think the problem here (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, churchylafemme

    is assuming that words have well defined meanings that can be simply looked up in a dictionary.

    Rather than saying that words have different meanings, or subtle shadings of meaning, depending on context.

    That speakers and listeners, writers and readers, are pretty good and sophisticated about using and picking up on the subtle shadings, or stronger differences.

    Equally clear from the above is that the term is being regularly misused and abused on this site.
    If a word is regularly used in a sense, and communication effectively occurs, thoughts are effectively transmitted, how could that possibly be a misuse of a word? By what standard could words be judged, except that they communicate? Where does the misuse view come from?

    I like the more neutral sense of "propaganda." But it's hardly the only used meaning of the word. What propaganda means, depends.  

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