One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually treated as singular A system of linguistic philosophy developed by Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950), which explores the arbitrary nature of words and symbols and attempts to refine ways of using language.
- ‘Korzybski, after defined time-binding, developed general semantics, a philosophy based on modern science that understands implicitly the important of language, knowledge and time.’
- ‘But did you know that the quintessentially American gesture of wagging pairs of fingers in the air as if putting quotes around spoken words derives from general semantics - the term and the discipline that originated with A. Korzybski?’
- ‘Again, there's some more general semantics (‘the X that S’ where X might not normally take a definite article), and maybe something extra.’
- ‘If you have read anything by him you have had a primer on general semantics.’
- ‘Having said that, what's that about general semantics?’
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