The Humpty Dumpty Theory of Language

The Humpty Dumpty Theory of Language:

“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.”—Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll.

Is this true?

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I just saw this and thought……Ah yes. But now I am not so sure. I have just spent an afternoon with a lady with dementia. We had a really lovely time…..well I did and I felt she did too. Those hours are gone but on the other hand I feel time spent on positive experiences results in me using the time I’ve got left more wisely. The quantity is sort of by the by, it’s the quality of the hours that has more meaning.