Words have many layers. They’re not simple units of WORD=DEFINITION or X=Y.
Words express concepts and have layers.
Allow me to present a Shell Game presented by many debaters online. You’ve seen it and probably participated in it as well:
The words *PROOF*, *THEORY*, *FACT*
Instead of using a different word for a different concept, the _same_ word is *reused* to express two different concepts, depending on the *context*.
They have a set of meanings in common usage.
But the same words are reused in different circles where they have *particular* meanings.
And people will debate over this different to no end.
“Oh but in Science, a THEORY simply means: ‘insert specific definition here'”
“Yeah, but in regular usage THEORY means: insert common understanding of the word Theory”.
And back and forth they go.
What is a “Norm”? What is “Weird”? Depends on the context within which it’s used.
Turning them into “just words”, dissolves the emotion _implication_ of the words and they cease being a weapon because they’ve been melted down.
That’s all I am doing.
Language is not a series of definitions pitted against one another. The rules of logic are fine when playing logic games.
But logic games are logic games. Language is more flexible than logic games.