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Words as Symbols

10/10/2018


                                    In Essense all Words are; is a meaning of a Thought or a Symbol



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excerpt from above site; 

                                             " What is the significance of  the Symbol ? The origins of the word go far back in time even though there is not a clear history of it.  Still for what interests us symbolon exists in the greek world according to different dictionaries of the Greek language.  To this tradition, then, symbolon was an object like half a coin or a cell-shield (αστράγαλος) that it was held by one person to offer to another having the other half  of the object.  This object that was called symbolon (σύμβολο) was the proof  for the person to receive a public payment for his institutional position and service in the demos.  It was also given as a proof  for participating in a symposium, as a commercial treaty between two cities, or a building license to a foreigner. The word is composed by the prefix syn (with)+ bole (throw,cast) and so, symbolon means “that which is thrown or cast together”.  The sense evolution in Greek is from “throwing things together” to “comparing, contrasting” to “token used in comparisons to determine if something is genuine”. The meaning “something that stands for something else” first recorded in 1590 (in Faerie Queen)[1]."


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                    "The same 'symbol' can mean radically different things for different cultural groups"