Definitions and semantic representations sometimes overlap. However, they are often very different. A definition is a documented meaning of a word that often conveys a sense of approval or authority. A semantic representation, on the other hand, is a person’s knowledge of a word’s meaning. When a definition and a semantic representation overlap, in a conceptual landscape labeled “true” or “proper” by the language purists, all is well in the language world. When these two do not overlap, however, the harmonious landscape of language purity is rent asunder.
The cleft between definition and representation is fertile soil for disagreements, fights, and…perhaps most importantly, parody and humor. The words on this page are my collection of terms with meanings that do not always align, as well as neologisms with more recently crafted meanings.