Friday, May 22, 2009

tentang 'makna kata' & Alice Through The Looking Glass


Ternyata, untuk belajar menulis dengan baik, kita nggak harus baca buku-bukunya Gorys Keraf, kok atau literatur-literatur lainnya yang berat-berat. Buktinya, saat membaca kembali Alice Through The Looking Glass, saya menemukan penggalan percakapan yang cukup menarik. Menjelaskan tentang bagaimana kita memilih dan menggunakan sebuah kata :

Coba simak penggalan percakapan antara Alice dengan HumptyDumpty di bawah ini. Penggalan percakapan yang di-bold dalam kisah Alice Through The Looking Glass ini, bisa memberikan gambaran pada kita mengenai makna dari sebuah kata.

. . "There's glory for you!"
"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,'" Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't—till I tell you.
I mean 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"
"But 'glory' doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,'" Alice objected.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. "They've a temper, some of them—particularly verbs: they're the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!"
"Would you tell me please," said Alice, "what that means?"
"Now you talk like a reasonable child," said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. "I
meant by 'impenetrability' that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life."
"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone.
"When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

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