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Chapter IX

Of the Imperfection of Words.

Words are used for recording and communicating our Thoughts.
      §1. From what has been said in the foregoing Chapters, it is easy
to perceive, what imperfection there is in Language, and how the
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very nature of Words, makes it almost unavoidable, for many of
them to be doubtful and uncertain in their significations. To
examine the perfection, or imperfection of Words, it is necessary
first to consider their use and end: For as they are more or less
fitted to attain that, so are they more or less perfect. We have, in the
former part of this Discourse, often, upon occasion, mentioned
a double use of Words.
      First, One for the recording of our own Thoughts.
      Secondly, The other for the communicating of our Thoughts to
Locke Hum III, 9, §1, pp. 475-476