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There is a big difference between speaking about the word that refers to a thing and speaking about the word itself. But when this is done in a clever saying or expression, the error sometimes goes unnoticed and can make irrational claims feel persuasive.


Love is just a word.

The word "love" is just a word. Love (the thing called love) is more than just a word.

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