Words with similar meanings often have much different connotations

Have you ever noticed that words which have nearly the same meaning often take on different connotations in actual usage?

Take middle and center, for example. ┬áSomeone between the buyer and the seller who takes the price up for the consumer is the “middle man.” Someone getting between two people that causes tension is always in the middle of the problem.

On the other hand, a person can be the center of attention, or the center of one’s world, etc.

Center and middle are basically the same in meaning, but in most cases very different in their usage.

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