Semantics(last updated: 20/4/05 05:44 UTC)
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Summary

Semantics are a necessary evil.

Intro

The reason semantics are necessary should be obvious: without knowing that a given word has a specific meaning in some context, the word is useless.  However, I think semantics are evil because people are not always "honest" in articulating said meanings.  I have witnessed the resulting chaos multiple times -- as the term implies, the chaos did not provide any edification whatsoever.