7. Shifting standards?
Counting on context
Some words are slippery. Every night, the word ‘tomorrow’ slides forward to pick out a different day of the week. ‘Here’ designates a different place depending on where you are standing. ‘I’ stands for someone different depending on who is speaking; and ‘this’ could be anything at all. Words like ‘big’ and ‘small’ are also tricky: a morbidly obese mouse is in some sense big, but in another sense still small. What about the verb ‘to know’? Is it possible that it also shifts around in some interesting way?