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Hi Scott Chase -
>Is consensus anything more than collective opinion?
Good point, in this realm of semantics.
Yes, a consensus is the opinioned position of a collective.
The best use of a word is a matter of its success at being understood by
Opinions about words (and words that give rise to numerous opinions) do
not lead to the making of statements of high comprehension.
Humpty-Dumpty-ism is, granted, an extreme opinionated position. But the
best use of a word, or of anything, is not simply a matter of opinion,
and never has been, except in a communicative gathering of one, which is,
of course, impossible.
`When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it
means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you CAN make words mean so many
`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master - - that's
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