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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd College Publishers (1 Jan 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156923947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156923941
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A study of semantics investigating the problems of human communication and suggesting ways to clarify the meaning of words.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peebles on 6 May 2011
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If you don't already laugh your socks off every time a politician opens his/her mouth then you will after you read this.Have you ever read the 'great philosophers'or some incomprehensible economic double-talk and thought...'I must be stupid because I don't understand a word of this'.Well the reason why you don't understand it is simply because, as the author points out, it doesn't make sense.Once you restore your faith in your own intelligence you will see the world in a different light.....and laugh out loud at almost everything you hear being passed off as logical,sensible or authoritative.Hard work in some parts but ultimately very rewarding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PsychoPigeon on 4 Mar 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Tyranny of Words. I'm new to the semantic discipline but I have learned a lot from Mr Chase. This book will teach you how to deal with words such as 'Racist' 'Love' 'Beautiful' 'Freedom' 'Equality' and other common catchphrases, and how they have no meaning unless those words have verifiable evidence both parties can agree upon. It starts to turn you into a more critical thinker. You'll start to see how people become manipulated by politicians and people who consider themselves intelligent. It's about getting people to define what they mean instead of taking short cuts which others interpret in to other meanings. So the next time you hear someone using political rhetoric you ask them to define what they mean, most people won't know what they mean.

And a quote from the book which I just think is awesome:

"People are not "dumb" because they lack mental equipment; they are dumb because they lack an adequate method for the use of that equipment. Those intellectuals whose pastime is to sit on high fences and deplore the innate stupidity of the herd are on a very shaky fence.

Often, if they but knew it, they are more confused than the man on the street, for they deal in loftier abstractions. When I hear a man say, "We never can get anywhere because the masses are so stupid," I know that I am in the presence of a mythmaker, caught on his high perch behind the bars of a verbal prison.-" pg. 28-29

Another thing I'd like to add. Half way through the book Chase starts to argue that state economic planning is progress and uses quotes from people who oppose this way of thinking as a demonstration in to meaningless words and rhetoric.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amcze on 3 Jan 2012
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This book is truly inspriational. Not only does it make you think about the language we use, how we take words for granted and how we miss the importance of true meaning in our everyday lives, it also inspires the reader to want to make all their communications clear, concise, concrete and original. I cannot imagine a book more stimulating for a writer in the process of trying to find their 'voice'.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Student Writer on 16 Oct 2003
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Anyone who considers himself or herself a thinking person should be familiar with the ideas contained in this book. The question of whether what people say actual means anything is examined in many fields such as economics (left wing and right wing), religion, politics and religion. The ideas are very clearly expressed. The book is also interesting historically as it was written just as Adolph Hitler was coming to power.
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