EVERY WORD HAS MEANING

21 Nov

 Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein said “every word has a meaning.”

And then all of the other philosophical professors started writing volumes and volumes of books about what Wittgenstein meant; even though it appeared obvious.

And so it seems as though Wittgenstein, who wrote little, set up an industry for those who wrote much.

However this is not about Wittgenstein or his unrequested editors. It is about words having meaning. Each and every word has a meaning or meanings, even if that word stands alone.

Words, standing individually, can create emotion. We don’t have to wait for the entire thought to be expressed.

For example, let us take the word ‘if’. ‘If’ sets up a future proposal, a question, a beginning, a nascence.

If (sorry about that) an acquaintance came up to you and said “If – – -” and then stood silently, with his feet planted firmly in place, looking you straight in the eye, you would probably get some sort of emotion. If (again my apologies) the acquaintance typically had interesting information to share you would be quite anxious to find out what he/she had to say.

Taking the generic “if” we could think of it as the upside down question mark (¿) used in some languages. The ¿ indicates that the words which follow it are going to form a question.

¿Get my drift?

So let me get on with the point I am about to make.

The word “If”

Something will follow;

in logical language it could be

If

 

then

 

else

 

endif.

 

Allow me to fill in the empty lines

If

the data set is full

then

create a new data set

else

put information in data set “A”

endif.

The word “You”

Not me

not them

not everyone

not he, she, it or those.

So the meaning of the word ‘you’

is very specific; it means

you the reader or

you the listener,

the ‘self’,

one’s essence.

(Of course the word ‘you’ always

creates emotion because it is all about you)

{I won’t even get into ‘selfies’ which is

all about ‘you’ in a very special way}

The word “Like”

Now here is where Wittgenstein

would make us labor in deep thought.

‘Like’ is not the California girl’s meaning;

“Like – – – so I said to her ‘Like, are you

going tonight, or are you, like, still under your

mother’s control, like?’

So ‘like’ could, like, take on several meanings.

The most prevalent one would be similar to

_ _ _ wait for it _ _ _ ‘similar’

or it could mean a preference towards

someone or some thing.

Did you ‘like’ the above description?

I sort of – – – like – – – preferred it myself.

The word “Your”

This is quite interesting!

‘your’ shows possession

something you own

or something that is close to you.

The interesting point

is that we just looked at the word ‘you’.

Therefore this is becoming quite personal.

‘you’ and ‘your’

both used in the same statement

tends to become quite emotional and

consume your immediate attention;

especially if it is your wife saying

“Hey – – – yes you – – – get your lazy butt

off the couch and take out the garbage.”

The word ‘Doctor’

Oh – oh. ‘doctor’ might mean

a Doctor of Philosophy

(See Wittgenstein)

or a Medical Doctor.

Take your pick.

The word ‘You’

Boy-oh-boy.

¿Did I just save myself

a lot of work

or what?

(See ‘you’ above)

The word ‘Can’

We are not talking about

firing, discharging, terminating

laying off, letting go,

preserving fruits, bottling pickles

or the things that you ‘can’ can.

♯♫♫♫♫♫♫♫   A la Française“,

(Sorry about that,

my mind tends to

slip a gear

once in a while)

We are talking about

‘being able’

‘knowing how’

or ‘capable of’.

The word ‘can’ should never

be confused with the word ‘may’.

‘Can’ is definite.

‘May’ is possible.

The word ‘Keep’

Ah! How interesting.

We can keep the Sabbath holy.

We can call a castle a keep.

We can keep up with the Jones’.

But mostly the word ‘keep’ indicates

being able to hold.

I, the dummy, take you, the sweetie pie, to be

my lawfully wedded (insert preference here),

to have and to ‘keep’,

from this day forward,

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

until death do us part.

(Antiquated form once used

way back in the early 2000’s)

The word ‘Your’

Whew. Saved by another

mental cut and paste.

(see ‘your’ above)

The word ‘Doctor’

¿Is this just a coincidence

or what?

(See ‘doctor’ above)

The word ‘Period’

This could be a dramatic word

or it could be just a ‘.’,

Period!

I avoid all other meanings.

 

So words have meanings – – – individually – – – or collectively.

(See the following)

 

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor; PERIOD!”

 

© Waldo J. Tomosky

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10 Responses to “EVERY WORD HAS MEANING”

  1. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky November 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on waldotomosky.

  2. easyweimaraner November 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    period. :o) It’s great that you wrote about Wittgenstein today, he was an interesting character. As I was a teen I sometimes felt connected to Wittgenstein for his: starting every morning full of hope and ending every evening in despair (but that was at a time as I had NO clue about life)

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky November 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Glad you read the blog. Interesting fellow, that Wittgenstein.
      I am developing a new philosophy on life. I start out the morning with prune juice and end the evening by falling asleep in front of the television.
      Take care and hope all is well with your dewclaw, your Paw, and your Mum.

  3. Carl D'Agostino November 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    …and every word has impact. This is one reason I try to check myself from unkind speech, esp to children. .

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky November 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Good point Carl. Different people take different words to mean different things.

  4. cindy knoke November 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    You are so clever my friend! ❤

  5. Brian Dead Rift Webb November 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Reblogged this on Brian By Experience and commented:
    This is another shameless plug for Wally.
    Seriously, visit his site. Read his publications.

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky November 22, 2014 at 2:22 am #

      Thanks again Brian. I really appreciate it. A little more Wittgenstein tomorrow. And then silliness through the God of the Turkeys until the end of the pagan fests.

  6. Vanessa-Jane Chapman April 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    See now I hadn’t even heard of Wittgenstein, so you’ve taught me something here! Really interesting post. The power of one word. A sentence is not necessarily a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, sometimes the word is greater alone than collectively with others, and other times not. I haven’t written that at all eloquently, but it’s given me some things to ponder…

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