Thus in the case of a proper name, while the word is a set of similar series of movements, what it means is a series of occurrences bound together by causal laws of that special kind that makes the occurrences taken together constitute what we call one person, or one animal or thing, in case the name applies to an animal or thing instead of to a person.
Passing on from proper names, we come next to general names, such as "man," "cat," "triangle." A word such as "man" means a whole class of such collections of particulars as have proper names.
"BRILLIG" means four o'clock in the afternoon--the time when you begin BROILING things for dinner.'
'Well, "SLITHY" means "lithe and slimy." "Lithe" is the same as "active." You see it's like a portmanteau--there are two meanings packed up into one word.'
that the return of a deposit of gold which is to the injury of the receiver, if the two parties are friends, is not the repayment of a debt,--that is what you would imagine him to say?
Is not that also social, and determined by the social conditions under which you educate, by the intervention, direct or indirect, of society, by means
of schools, etc.?
The word SCHLAG means
Blow, Stroke, Dash, Hit, Shock, Clap, Slap, Time, Bar, Coin, Stamp, Kind, Sort, Manner, Way, Apoplexy, Wood-cutting, Enclosure, Field, Forest-clearing.
"If you mean
by FEELING," said the King, "approaching so close as to leave no space between two individuals, know, Stranger, that this offence is punishable in my dominions by death.
The captain chid her for the conclusion of her speech, as an improper assurance in judging of her master's actions: for if his honour, or his understanding, would have suffered the captain to make an alliance with Mrs Wilkins, his pride would by no means
have admitted it.
He is at some obvious pains to "punish vice and reward virtue," but I do not mean
that easy morality when I praise his; I mean
the more difficult sort that recognizes in each man's soul the arbiter not of his fate surely, but surely of his peace.
('Humbugshire you mean
, I think,' interposed Miss Wren.)
I did not know, I did not mean
any harm,' they think it is all right.