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My thoughts on imaginary lesbianism - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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My thoughts on imaginary lesbianism
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the_magician From: the_magician Date: November 8th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly people bend English everyday to make it mean what they want them to mean

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather 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.'

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. 'They've a temper, some of them - particularly verbs: they're the proudest - adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs - however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!'

'Would you tell me, please,' said Alice, 'what that means?'

'Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. 'I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'

'That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.

'When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'I always pay it extra.'

'Oh!' said Alice. She was too much puzzled to make any other remark.

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sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 8th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that passage.

Doesn't mean I have to like people doing that or agree with them though. And the one-sidedness of saying they're allowed to pick their own meaning of a word but I'm not allowed to disagree irritates.
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