Definition: The declaration of meaning for terms and concepts within a specific context.
Also referenced as: Ontological (adjective)
The word ontology was used 7 times across 3 pages
If we were to write a dictionary, we'd be practicing lexicography, or collecting many meanings into a list. When we decide that a word or concept holds a specific meaning in a specific context, we are practicing ontology.
Here are some examples of ontological decisions:
To refine your ontology, all you need is a pile of sticky notes, a pen, and some patience.
If you were choosing words for the aisle and department signs or the website, this exercise would help you along.
Go through each term as a group and use this as a forum for educating each other on what you know about language and context. Don't "uh huh" your way through words you've never heard or don't understand. Instead, untangle acronyms and unfamiliar phrases.