How are reality and words related?

Language, as a result of sapiens thinking, is powerful. Power is often about control and manipulation. But what happens when a meaning of a word, which was meant to be conveyed by certain usage, is changed by reality? What happens when intended domination and manipulation fail and give way to the opposite?

Mark Forsyth describes how politics are connected to controlling language:

Politicians try to pick words and use words to shape reality and control reality, but in fact, reality changes words far more than words can ever change reality.

Watch Forsyth’s 6-minute talk here:

What’s a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak is a talk by Mark Forsyth at TEDxHousesofParliament in London

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