Words as symbols serve different purposes. Depend on the users’ intent.
Take the phrase, “I love you” – it means differently when
- a young woman says to her older lover
- a parent says to his teary child
- a business owner says to her loyal customer
Same three words with different intents have different meanings.
For poet and politician use words for their appeal, each with different intents. The poet amplifies and lifts the audiences’ spirits while the politician narrows and defines the boundaries to limit misinterpretations.
Before leaping into conclusion, listen for what is the intent of the speaker and see what is the context of the message. Read between the lines, and look at the word choices. Chances are similar words may have different purposes.
What is your intent with your words?