Well that gets into the tricky area of “what’s intrinsic?” and “are words atomic?”

Well that gets into the tricky area of “what’s intrinsic?” and “are words atomic?”

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Look at how “bronze” appears to be the same word two times.

“The bronze statue is made of bronze”.

They’re the same word, yes? But they’re not entirely. They’re analogous to each other but they’re distinct. Yet as this is a natural and not artificial language, word relationships form by their usage.

There’s no intrinsic “bronze” outside of our usages of the term and usages can change any seemingly intrinsic meaning, although there’s a great inertia to language which _generally_ keeps it more or less stable.

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