We Erred Rand Posted March 30, 2013 Share Posted March 30, 2013 Of course I can personally assign 'any meaning' to any term,That's all that was meant. but in using language you would get a complete communication breakdown...I'm not urging you to assign different meanings to terms in your personal life for the sake of doing so. if (random example) you'd decide to assign the meaning 'umbrella' to the term 'lime'."It's going to rain. I'll need a lime." The arbitriness in assigning is therefore quite limited. You've just finished telling anyone reading your post that the term "lime" means "umbrella." We've all read it. Now when you say "It's going to rain, I'll need a lime," there is no breakdown in communication. We all understand what you're saying. Therefore, so long as you tell people how you intend to use terms in your communications with them, the arbitrariness is infinite, not "quite limited." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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