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.
But is that kind of semantic argument going to persuade large numbers of swing voters to turn on Obama?
The sign of language represents the contradictory unity of the phonetic and semantic units.
Note that text format (bold or italic) has semantic meaning in this volume.
This is a good example of the semantic method in etymology (see pp. 99-104).
Only at that moment did language gain a semantic and syntactic dimension (as we call them in today's terminology).
Lancedale's face assumed the blank expression that went with a pause for semantic re-integration.
Henceforth, the new design no longer takes place at a syntactic or a semantic level, but is pragmatically driven.
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").