Some short words about some things I like

I made this with the ten hundred most used words.

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I care about two big questions:

  1. How do words get to say what they say?
  2. How do words even get to say anything at all?

Sometimes I ask these questions about normal words, like ‘dog’, or ‘table’, or whatever. Sometimes I ask the same questions about less normal words, like ‘number’, or ‘real number’, or ‘power set’. Either way, the questions are really hard. To deal with them, I can’t just think about the words, or what they’re meant to be about; I also have to think about what we are like. So I also have to ask:

  1. What is the self?

And that’s another weird question.