Re: Information

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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
    a collective.

    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.

    - Wade

    `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
    different things.'

    `The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master - - that's

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