‘Speak English’ said the Eaglet. ‘I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and, what’s more, I don’t believe you do either!’
Alice in Wonderland
‘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.’
Through the Looking-glass
…Any writer of a book is fully authorised in attaching any meaning he likes to any 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 that by the word “white” I shall always mean “black”, I shall meekly accept his ruling, however injudicious I may think it.
Charles Lutwidge ...