"It would seem that, as used, the word 'Fascism' is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox hunting, bullfighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else."
"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."
—Abraham Lincoln note
"Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic.”
—Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
“Definitions only belong to those who need them.”
―Darnell Lamont Walker
"When I say something, I mean what I say, despite what a dictionary says I mean. Meanings of words are slaves that I put to work constructing my pyramids of thought."
"Dictionary - opinion expressed as truth in alphabetical order."
— John Ralston Saul
"...language is not, as we are led to suppose by the dictionary, the invention of academicians or philologists. Rather, it has been evolved through time...by peasants, by fishermen, by hunters, by riders."