"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.""The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things.""The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be the master -- that's all."
Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
In a recent Cosmopolitan article on sexual harassment, Adrian L., a student at a large Midwestem state university described Tom, one of her professors:
[He's] like a rabid wolf hovering at the edge of a sheep pack -- the incoming class of freshmen.
When he's selected a girl who's unusually attractive, intelligent, and naive, he moves right in. Believe me, he's predatory -- I've seen him in action. First, he'll "rap and relate" with the freshman over drinks at the college bar. In a couple of weeks, he has her dizzy with the "existential nihilism of Sartre'or "archetypal patterns of Jung." All this may sound exciting, but the results are tragicomic. Two years ago, he "shared" a girl with a friend of his, another faculty member. The three of them made it while watching a particularly beautiful sunrise -- very aesthetic, you know. His current ploy is backgammon. You see him shaking those dice at a table in the rathskeller with this hazy-eyed kid. Several