The point, Ms. Conyers continued, is that no word had one specific definition. Maybe in the dictionary, but not in real life.
Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree. But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of words.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary.
Charles de Lint