The purpose of this article is to describe how a semantic analysis can be an important starting point in order to recognize the empirical characteristics of a phenomenon or concept. By studying how language develops, we get a picture of how words and expressions have been used in a historical and cultural perspective. This article describes how the semantic analysis created by Peep Koort can be performed as a prerequisite for further research. The analysis provides an important starting point for further exploration of the empirical characteristics of the phenomenon or the concept one wishes to investigate. I will use the concept of courage as an example. From the viewpoint of discrimination paradigm, there seems to be attached firm alliances with strong inner human qualities towards courage and to the brave person.