Semantics: Denotative Meanings — Steward & Share


Semantics:  Own/Share/Steward

18 July 2013


Semantics is the study of meaning.  Relationships between words, phrases, signs and symbols ultimately denote the meaning.

Last week, the President of our HOA Board and I discussed the semantics of an agreement versus a contract in regard to our property management company.  To me, an agreement is different from a binding contract.


But, that got me thinking about the word “owner.”  Often, people claim to be the “owner” of an animal.  How can one “own” another being?  Another spirit?

Currently, I “share” my home with five four-legged friends. 


I consider myself a “steward,” someone who looks after them.


When there is disagreement over the denotative meanings of words, life can get complicated.

About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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