Howard Kurtz on the semantic dodge that now lets them get away with it.
Except for one thing: you can't do an end-run around an enumerated right with some sort of semantic game.
The number of people the oath will directly affect is small, and it is in many ways a rather technical and semantic matter.
1894, from French sémantique, applied by Michel Bréal (1883) to the psychology of language, from Greek semantikos "significant," from semainein "to show by sign, signify, point out, indicate by a sign," from sema "sign, mark, token; omen, portent; constellation; grave" (Doric sama), from PIE root *dheie- "to see, look" (cf. Sanskrit dhyati "he meditates").