/ Glossary /
It has long been my habit to use the word argument in its scholarly sense: thesis, or general point being made. That usage does not make me elsewhere avoid using the same “word” to mean “combat over an issue.” But I worry about readers who won’t make the distinction. (Why should I? Who but a sophisticated reader would be here?)
Some people — always other people —
twist the meanings of words,
especially during the course of an argument.
What’s really nutty to the normal speaker of the natural language is to try to guess what computer programmers mean by the word: their use is conspicuously “artificial.”