The Way Words Mean Words stand for things in the world, and they stand apart from it. Perhaps meaning is more sunken into words than we realise?
Does the meaning of a word spring from the thing it designates or instead emanate from the word itself?
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Wittgenstein had a 'concept of understanding'. Benjamin talked about a 'mimetic faculty' - both were grappling with how we know what words mean.