You know, I feel like people take definitions for granted.
Words mean something.
But also, people are used to buzzwords and generalizations to conform definitions to what they think of. For example, the definitions of liberal and conservative aren’t left wing and right wing, but we think that’s what they mean. We think that communism is the Soviet Union and that democracy is the United States, because after all they call themselves those things so that must be what they are. Well, they’re not those things.
When it comes to important terminology, I would call myself a definitionist. I stride to defend and follow the actual definitions of words. Buzzwords merely make things more confusing. Language can evolve with things like slang, but if we allow words for politics, philosophy, and even everyday verbs to be generalized and changed, I worry that’ll lead to things from 1984: Freedom is slavery. The idea of doublethink where any word can mean anything you want it to mean.
Maybe I’m worried too much? Perhaps.
But I will continue to stand up for the definitions of words.