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As I have already suggested, for much of the time our words convey our meaning without any great effort on our part. This is not because the choice of words is not important, but because we know, as if by an acquired instinct, exactly the word that we want to use. We therefore give it little conscious thought, but what if we did? Take the sentence above and the use of the word ‘acquired’. I could have left it out altogether, but that would have meant that language use is instinctive. As we are born without being able to speak, this would seem to be inaccurate, however innate our capacity for language. I could have said ‘natural instinct’, but that ...

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