Really, now you ask me,’ said Alice, very much confused, ‘I don’t think–‘

Then you shouldn’t talk,’ said the Hatter.

I maintain that any writer of a book is fully authorised in attaching any meaning he likes to a word or phrase he intends to use. If I find an author saying, at the beginning of his book, “Let it be understood that by the word ‘black’ I shall always mean ‘white,’ and by the word ‘white’ I shall always mean ‘black,'” I meekly accept his ruling, however injudicious I think it.

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.

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