Ontology

About: What exactly is the difference between moisturized and wet ?


source: my comment

Ontology is fascinating. Here's another one for you. What is the difference between "unique" and "peculiar"? I've found that i can switch them salva veritate. When i do, some people i talk to do not skip a beat ... others get mad .... strange!
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source: Patrick John Hayes

Yes, to me the word "peculiar" has a connotation of odd, strange or unsettling. Being unique is neutral, being peculiar is definitely negative. However, that said, I think that this is a fairly recent divergence, and in Victorian English they were much closer in meaning. Certainly, the neutral meaning of 'peculiar' was used for example by Dickens.
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source: Seth Russell

Yes a negative judgement of strange or unsettling is definitely the norm today. But maybe the norm is swinging back. Recently I have been talking with a sub-culture where being odd brings prestige. To them, if i merely call a thing "unique", my messages falls flat ... whereas if i say it is "peculiar", their ears perk up.
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  1. ontology
  2. patric hayes
  3. language

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Seth says
Eiam 2015-05-09 09:52:16 18316
When I was in Newport we used to ask a similar question about the coeds at Salve Regina it all being in the mispronouncement of their school name as saliva vagina. Were they moist or all wet?




my last comment on topic went in a similar direction...



Seth says
Eiam 2015-05-11 08:47:30 18316
Of course, none of this has to do with ontology - the study of being. It is mostly about words & semantics.


Ontology is the study of what exists ... of what be ... of being .. AND the words which refer to it.  It is the study of the territory, not just the map. 

My certainty on that is high ... you might want to trust me on this one.   Especially with using the word "ontology" to talk about this kind of thing with the people i am talking with over on facebook who are using the word exactly as am i. 

Seth says
Incidentally to accurately study any territory we need an accurate method of pointing out its features.  Accurate language is that method.   We cannot separate the study of what exists from the study of a language that points it out to each other of us.   Sorry, i just don't know of a way to do it and ignore language  ... do you?

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