How do I distinguish the difference between literal and technical meanings of words? I get confused when I have to identify literal, technical, or even connotative usages.  

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Interpreting word meaning can be a difficult process for many people, as neurological processing is not homogenous among humans and understanding each other can sometimes be tricky. A literal usage of a word or phrase situates a word/phrase within its straightforward, basic definition. The word or phrase is not used with any other figurative or implied meaning. For example, if one were to say, "We're playing games" and meant this sentence in a literal sense, then...

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