which is to be master (Carroll quote)

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 26 Dec 1997 19:01:13 -0800 (PST)


"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."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master, that's all."

(Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through
the Looking Glass, Gardner edit. 1960, p. 269)