I’ve often thought that it’s not necessarily what you say, but the way you say it.
I’ve had my fair share of back handed compliments, like a cake I made for my first MIL was received with ‘ This is not bad’ to be followed by ‘considering you made it.’
At school, I was probably queen of the waffle. I could pack out a ten line essay to as many pages by a bit of written embroidery. It’s a bit like politicians saying why use five words when twenty will do (and have you noticed, they still manage to avoid the question!)
‘Let’s not argue about semantics’ easily refers to when people agree in general but see thing slightly differently.