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  •  Linguists would disagree (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT

    with you.  Word meanings change and evolve over time and are defined by use in a community of speakers.  The best you can say is that for one population or at one time "equivocate" meant that.  It's not as if there are Platonic forms floating about in some eternal ideal space defining meaning.  This is just linguistics 101.

    •  As I've pointed out elsewhere (2+ / 0-)
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      serendipityisabitch, Cedwyn

      if you're going to privilege the popular use of propaganda as a synonym for lying, it follows that you must treat the accusation of "propaganda" the same as you would an accusation of lying. That is, proof must be presented or the accusation must be withdrawn.

      Are you prepared to do that?

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 11:47:01 AM PDT

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