” The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right. “


” At a certain point, what people mean when they use a word becomes its meaning. “


” Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership’s exquisite sensitivity. “


” When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary. “



All 4 William Safire Quotes about Mean in picture


The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
At a certain point, what people mean when they use a word becomes its meaning.
Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership
When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary.

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