Meaning is Use
2006-07-17 10:45:59 ET

`I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. `Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

`But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor 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.'

:: Listening to: Matmos - Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein ::

2006-07-22 09:33:37 ET

Three red apples.

2006-07-22 12:33:14 ET

Alice eats one and then there are two?
I don't remember preschool ^___^

2006-07-23 02:10:38 ET

The phrase was one of Wittgenstein's examples for the language game. The entry title made me think of it. Ok, really bad game on my part. ;P

2006-07-23 10:05:33 ET

haha, no, I got you what you meant (or did I?)

2006-07-23 10:32:24 ET

Oh fux, the ambiguity of communication!

2006-07-24 02:01:01 ET

lolz, internets.

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