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Can anyone find this word from its definition?

#1  Postby murshid » Dec 01, 2016 9:50 am

Someone posted this in a Facebook group. Any ideas?

Hi Guys, I need your help. A teacher came to me and ask me about finding a word. Here is the definition "“The science/art of figuring out meaning or purpose through semantics… how defining, naming, describing helps us figure out exactly what we’re doing” I am at a loss here. Thank you guys!
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#2  Postby jamest » Dec 01, 2016 9:55 am

philo...
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#3  Postby LucidFlight » Dec 01, 2016 9:57 am

jamest wrote:philo...

... pastry.
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#4  Postby LucidFlight » Dec 01, 2016 10:01 am

Etymologicalnomenclatureology.
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#5  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 10:03 am

murshid wrote:Someone posted this in a Facebook group. Any ideas?

Hi Guys, I need your help. A teacher came to me and ask me about finding a word. Here is the definition "“The science/art of figuring out meaning or purpose through semantics… how defining, naming, describing helps us figure out exactly what we’re doing” I am at a loss here. Thank you guys!

Semantics? :ask:
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#6  Postby jamest » Dec 01, 2016 10:03 am

LucidFlight wrote:
jamest wrote:philo...

... pastry.

Synonym rolls?
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#7  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 10:04 am

LucidFlight wrote:Etymologicalnomenclatureology.


I doubt if acronyms are permissible answers, sorry.
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#8  Postby LucidFlight » Dec 01, 2016 10:11 am

Is the answer semiotics?

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Semiotics (also called semiotic studies; not to be confused with the Saussurean tradition called semiology which is a part of semiotics) is the study of meaning-making, the study of sign processes and meaningful communication.[1] This includes the study of signs and sign processes (semiosis), indication, designation, likeness, analogy, allegory, metonymy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication.

Semiotics is closely related to the field of linguistics, which, for its part, studies the structure and meaning of language more specifically. The semiotic tradition explores the study of signs and symbols as a significant part of communications. As different from linguistics, however, semiotics also studies non-linguistic sign systems.

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#9  Postby newolder » Dec 01, 2016 10:17 am

Orienteering or Duke of Edinburghing? :dunno:
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#10  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 10:18 am

LucidFlight wrote:Is the answer semiotics?

By jove, you may be right.
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#11  Postby LucidFlight » Dec 01, 2016 10:42 am

archibald wrote:
LucidFlight wrote:Is the answer semiotics?

By jove, you may be right.

Although, I feel like semiotics is more to do with symbols rather than semantics. Perhaps we are looking for something more along the lines of linguistic analysis and framework building.
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#12  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 11:03 am

LucidFlight wrote:
archibald wrote:
LucidFlight wrote:Is the answer semiotics?

By jove, you may be right.

Although, I feel like semiotics is more to do with symbols rather than semantics. Perhaps we are looking for something more along the lines of linguistic analysis and framework building.


I'd still go with your answer, on the basis that the teacher was looking for a (one) word, not a phrase.

Actually, do you know what, I think you're right, that you're wrong. Semiotics has to do with signs, not necessarily words.

I'm sticking with 'semantics' and taking it as a trick question on the teacher's part. :)
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#13  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 11:07 am

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#14  Postby Animavore » Dec 01, 2016 11:35 am

Here's one for you -

"- the elation one feels when they discover there's a word for something."
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Re: Can anyone find this word from its definition?

#15  Postby archibald » Dec 01, 2016 11:59 am

Lexelation. Gotta be.
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#16  Postby scott1328 » Dec 01, 2016 12:01 pm

Animavore wrote:Here's one for you -

"- the elation one feels when they discover there's a word for something."

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Re: Can anyone find this word from its definition?

#17  Postby Nicko » Dec 01, 2016 1:38 pm

archibald wrote:
LucidFlight wrote:
archibald wrote:
LucidFlight wrote:Is the answer semiotics?

By jove, you may be right.

Although, I feel like semiotics is more to do with symbols rather than semantics. Perhaps we are looking for something more along the lines of linguistic analysis and framework building.


I'd still go with your answer, on the basis that the teacher was looking for a (one) word, not a phrase.

Actually, do you know what, I think you're right, that you're wrong. Semiotics has to do with signs, not necessarily words.

I'm sticking with 'semantics' and taking it as a trick question on the teacher's part. :)


Semiotics is a subset of semantics anyway. I can't think of a better answer than "semantics".

And yeah, I'd expect a trick question here.
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Re: Can anyone find this word from its definition?

#18  Postby LucidFlight » Dec 01, 2016 1:40 pm

This could turn out to be a very self-referential discussion.
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#19  Postby crank » Dec 01, 2016 1:49 pm

It can't be semantics, for one thing, you're breaking fundamental rules of not being a dick, and of defining words. Plus, in the definition, not only is the word used, but it also says you're doing xyz "through semantics." It ain't supposed to work that way. Maybe meta-semantics.
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#20  Postby crank » Dec 01, 2016 1:51 pm

My second idea, semiotics was what first leapt to mind, was 'psycholinguistics'. If the answer is 'semantics', then the teacher is a psycholinguist and needs to be put down.
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