for you." Alice is confused because that is not the context in which glory is used. Humpty replies "I meant there's a nice knock down
argument for you!" Of course, we know that that's not what glory means. But Humpty basically replies "glory means whatever I mean it to mean."
Here is where this all addresses your comment. Alice states "The question is whether you can
make words mean so many different things." That's the underline issue, which is not resolved as Humpty continues to use words that do not follow their accepted use and Alice gets flustered and leaves. But basically, Humpty Dumpty claims that the meaning of the words he used (i.e. un-birthday, glory, pay-it-forward, etc) are not constrained at all. If you compare that to Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels
, where Gulliver goes to the academy, we understand the meaning of an expression
by understanding its use
So jgweed I think underlines a problematic account of semantics and perception.