“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”


Lewis Carroll – Through the Looking Glass

Words have different meanings to different people. Sadly, this is very often the cause of misunderstanding and argument.

This is a list of some of the more ambiguous words that I will be using, together with the meaning I have used, plus reasons for its ambiguity.

  • EGO

The part of the mind that one may identify as the “I”. The bit, responsible for pride, that says “I know” in order to feel less insecure about its ignorance.

In psychology, this would be referred to as the id and super-ego combination. The ego in psychology is a much more refined and realistic part of the mind that tries to keep the id in check. In some religions, the ego refers to the higher self. However, I will be using the more colloquial interpretation as stated above.