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.