decipher by consensus........................

pre-edit view

base level words

1st level words

2nd level words

phrases

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The intended meaning of text is predicated on the author's cognition+ Interpretation by the reader is arbitrary, based on often disparate cognition, and determined primarily by the reader's range of vocabulary and knowledge of the subject matter+ This gap between intention and interpretation will always vary+ At one extreme it can result in the geopolitical misunderstandings of 1441+ At the other, you order the wrong pizza topping!+

All English words published as text, and forming part of a document, will have a clear syntactical and literal sense+ Most of these words are polysemous and therefore equivocal+ Some are simply vocables to many readers+ However, if the words can be accurately deciphered, the use of more precise terminology can often  provide a very effective shorthand for meticulous and, where necessary, more punctilious communication+ And in doing so, eliminate the opportunity cost of misunderstanding+

The time taken by authors to articulate and then specify the meaning of less common words will be minimal+ It is a logical extension to the spell checker and proofreading process+ More than 70% of general text is based on only 1,000 common words+ The remainder are listed in on line reference dictionaries, except of course for neologisms and the most recent semantic shift words+ In these cases the author would define their own understanding of current meaning+ Most idioms, collocations and hyphenations are also listed on line+

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