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Discovering the substance behind symbols

From the September 1988 issue of The Christian Science Journal

How often we use symbols and similes, metaphors and analogies, in our effort to communicate specific meanings! All language is symbolic, employing sounds and markings as words, which are themselves symbols of meanings or ideas. Meaning, from the most straightforward to the most delicate nuance, is constantly being revised and extended as words are used in new associations or as fresh words are coined to name or describe new things or actions.