onsdag 6 augusti 2008


From Aunt Friendly's Picture Book.
Containing Thirty-six Pages in Colour by Kronheim
by Anonymous
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
//////777777777777777777Lewis Carroll
It never cease to astonish me that we can communicate with each other. Even if we speak the same language words don't always mean the same things to everybody. Only within a family or a very tight group of people do we speak exactly the same language. Young people today use words differently than I do — and it has always been so.
A couple of days ago I discussed this with some of my friends — we were quite surprised when we realized how differently we looked upon words and their meanings. We all liked and disliked different words or expressions.
There are two words that I avoid: hate and proud. Hate because it is a very strong word and I try hard not to hate anything or anybody — I do dislike quite a few things though.....
I shiver when I hear the word proud — to me it is a vainglorious, patronizing and very worldly word. I can be grateful, thankful, happy over or about something — but never proud
If it is true that words have meanings, why don't
we throw away words and keep just the meanings?
Ludwig Wittgenstein

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