A theory of meaning

What an individual means by a word sometimes, if not always, is dependent on the individual, on what he believes, and on his memories; and so on what kind of life he has lived and what kind of experiences he has had, the manner in which he learned the word, and so forth. For instance, someone who lives in a hot climate will surely mean the word ʻcoldʼ in a different way than someone who comes from a cold one. Indeed the same individual sometimes, if not usually or always, means the same word in different ways. After all, his memory and experiences will change, even if a little, between uses. For instance, a person who lives in a hot climate and them moves to a cold climate, will surely mean the word ʻcoldʼ in a different way, because he has learned something and has had new experiences. Still, it would be incorrect to identify the meaning of the word with any of these parameters, because even two people, with exactly the same lives and experiences, could, or indeed would, mean different things by the same word, just because they are different individuals to begin with, and so have been influenced by their experiences in different ways.
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