15 definitions by wclay1

Top Definition
Someone who gets their ideas, opinions and values exclusively form society and from others as opposed to getting: an idea from within oneself; a value from a personal rational process; an opinion from an experience.
Ayn Rand pointed out that Peter Keating was a secondhander because he stole all his ideas.
by wclay1 July 01, 2011
The study of the meaning of words.

Often misused when quibbling about something someone said. In that context, the statement "That's only semantics" would be more aptly phrased as "You're just 'splitting hairs on word meanings."
Often used within the phrase "That's only semantics":
-- as a blanket repudiation of precise communication.

-- by persons advocating 'subjective feelings' over 'objective description' as a mainstay of communication.

The very concept of semantics is frequently disparaged by wishy-washy passive-aggressives who refuse to be accountable for their careless use of language or their deplorable lack of education.

Skater-boy was too lazy to choose his words carefully, unaware that without semantics, even his street drivel would be incomprehensible.
by wclay1 September 01, 2009
-- main support
-- primary constituent
Objective, definitive and authoritative word meanings are the mainstay of language
by wclay1 September 01, 2009
to speak AT an audience (1) instead of WITH them; (2) instead of engaging in a dialogue whereby corresponding 'sourceable' facts and verifiable observations are exchanged in a spirit of respect for objective truth.
He's just soapboxing because he just ignores the points you make and responds with subjective personal opinion.
by wclay1 July 01, 2011
Verifiable by reference to an authority, source or expert quote.
Everything he says is subjective, personal opinion and not sourceable.
by wclay1 July 01, 2011
-- on the face of it
-- generally speaking
-- on average
-- inherently

Frequently used improperly by persons who think it makes them sound educated.
Its not that these people are stupid, per se. Its usually the case that they are self-educated.
by wclay1 September 02, 2009
An illicit second lover.
For the purpose of entering into divorce proceedings this notice serves to make public the relationship between John S. and his correspondent and paramour Jane Doe. John S. is married to Mary S.
by wclay1 August 31, 2009

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