-“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.”
alice through the looking glass
What Alice points, is completely clear. If we want to understand each other and communicate with others, then we have to use words in the same meaning, unless the whole conversation will be vague and nonsense …
Read this note on pages 199 to 197 of the magazine