Refraction (Bent Thinking) of the Day # 31

Misuse of Etymology: Asserting that a word has to mean what it meant at some earlier time or base the meaning of a word solely on what its constituent parts originally meant. Refutation:¬† the meanings of words change over time, sometimes means opposite of what they meant centuries earlier. ¬†Example: Adam: Betty , if you are in favor of contraceptive use, you must want the human race to come to an end. The word contra-ception means against the fertilization of eggs. If you don’t want any more human eggs to be fertilized, you don’t want any more human beings to be born.

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