Words Have Meaning


Ted Lieu is the Congresscritter who recently said that he wanted to regulate the contents of speech and who seemed to be disappointed that the First Amendment prevented it. However, he wants the privilege of using words however he wishes, regardless of their meaning.

Humpty Dumpty and the editors of the Newspeak Dictionary were unavailable for comment.

UPDATE—Another politician once explained the meaning of words with this example:

How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

—Abraham Lincoln

3 thoughts on “Words Have Meaning

  1. One rebuttal comes to mind: we could start referring to the good Congresscritter as a pedophile, then explain that when we say it, we simply mean “someone who likes children,” and not necessarily in a sexual sense.

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