When words no longer have specific meanings – they no longer have any meaning. Words represent concepts – we must all agree on their definitions or we lose their concept representation value. If words’ definitions are warped – their usefulness is eviscerated.
If “up”is suddenly, repeatedly used to mean “down”- without anyone calling out the linguistic abuse – it ceases to be useful. And our language – our ability to communicate – is damaged.
Why does this happen? The late, inordinately great George Orwell explains:
“The decline of language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer.”
The Left are the masters of this language abuse.
President Barack Obama at least thirty-six times said a variation of:
“If you like your health care plan – you can keep your health care plan. Period.“
Then bizarrely, obnoxiously claimed:
“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.” More