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In linguistics, the term ‘phatic communication’ refers to

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In linguistics, the term ‘phatic communication’ refers to words and phrases that have been used so frequently that they no longer contain any inherent meaning. Analysts of emerging industries, which may be defined as products or ideas in early stages of development that are often based around a new technology, expect that current terminologies used in such industries to refer to work processes will eventually fall into the category of phatic expressions, because ___________________________________________________________________

Which of the following best completes the passage above?

a. inherent meaning is determined primarily on the basis of the frequency with which a term is used.
b. the terms are newly-coined and can be expected to be in use for a considerable period of time.
c. not only are such terms used excessively, but many of them are so new that users are unsure of their exact definitions.
d. terminology used in one field is usually not applicable in other unrelated fields.
e. emerging industry types can be analyzed in terms of existing terms from linguistics.
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a. inherent meaning is determined primarily on the basis of the frequency with which a term is used. - contradictory to info given in passage
b. the terms are newly-coined and can be expected to be in use for a considerable period of time. - out of scope,This info doesn't help to answer why emerging industries terms will become phatic expression
c. not only are such terms used excessively, but many of them are so new that users are unsure of their exact definitions. correct
d. terminology used in one field is usually not applicable in other unrelated fields. out of scope
e. emerging industry types can be analyzed in terms of existing terms from linguistics. out of scope

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