Semantic Precision Exercises

Doing these questions will help you practice your ability to use words more precisely, aka better refer to the things you want them to refer to. Key things:

  • The “right answer” is not as important as the process of doing them.
  • The questions get harder. ‘Hard’ = longer time needed for a good answer.
  • If you put your suggestions as a comment I will read them anonymously.
CATEGORY A:
1. What is the difference between a jalapeno and a chili?
2. What is the difference between flour and meal?
3. What is the difference between whiskey and bourbon?
4. What is the difference between a taco and a sandwich?
 
CATEGORY B:
1. What is the difference between language and words?
2. What is the difference between a gerund and a verb?
3. What is the difference between pedantry and nitpicking?
4. What is the difference between semantics and “arguing semantics”?
 
CATEGORY C:
1. What is the difference between an assumption and a presumption?
2. What is the difference between empirical and scientific?
3. What is the difference between logic and reason?
4. What is the difference between a proof and a demonstration?
 
CATEGORY D:
1. What is the difference between assault and battery?
2. What is the difference between choking and strangling?
3. What is the difference between legal and statutory?
4. What is the difference between alleged and accused?
  
CATEGORY E:
1. What is the difference between returning and staying?
2. What is the difference between leaving and exiting?
3. What is the difference between home and domicile?
4. What is the difference between clothing and attire?
 
CATEGORY F:
1. What is the difference between addition and arithmetic?
2. What is the difference between a program and an executable?
3. What is the difference between a graph and a plot?
4. What is the difference between Euclidean and Cartesian?
 
As mentioned, if you put your suggestions as a comment I will read them anonymously and might add them. If you wish to be credited, let me know.
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