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      §7. If therefore we will warily attend to the Motions of the
Mind, and observe what Course it usually takes in its way to
Knowledge, we shall, I think, find, that the Mind having got any
Idea, which it thinks it may have use of, either in Contemplation or
Discourse, the first Thing it does, is to abstract it, and then get a
Name to it; and so lay it up in its Store-house, the Memory, as
containing the Essence of a sort of Things, of which that Name is
always to be the Mark. Hence it is, that we may often observe, that
when any one sees a new Thing of a kind that he knows not, he
presently asks, what it is, meaning by that Enquiry nothing but
the Name. As if the Name carried with it the Knowledge of the
Species, or the Essence of it; whereof it is indeed used as the Mark,
and is generally supposed annexed to it.
Locke Hum II, 32, §7, p. 386