May I just draw your attention to a strange quality of words. Analysts like to point to denotative and connotative content. What I am trying to focus on is not these things. What I refer to is that words validate themselves, regardless of their meanings.. Their being spoken grabs a certainty. an authenticity, accuracy, and believability, regardless of the content. If a reader replies, I wouldn't believe a thing my brother-in-law says, his words are not self-authenticating, To this I say that we are referring to a brief period after the words are in the air, and you can see this in the current eastern European situation.
One side says, we did not invade Pretania, and though, there are written accounts, recorded interviews, and plenty of pictures, of armed troops marching across the border, there is a split second where you take that seriously, something to turned around in your mind: "They did not invade." And then you think, oh wait, they are Grossnians, of course they would lie. But for a moment the words of the Grossnians, had a sheen of authenticity.
A strange and amazing quality of words, qua words, is my point.