In this lexicon, a pointless word is defined as a unit of language that—although not meaningless in it self—has a meaningless definition.
E.g. the word, or rather the compound, inner self is not meaningless in the sense that it has a no definition; however, that definition is vacuous, rendering the compound pointless. That is to say, there is no need to assume that there is such a thing, other than the fact that there is a word for it. A unit of language conveys meaning, and this is bewitching—as Ludwig Wittgenstein would say—for meaning engenders a certain significance. Again, consider Wittgenstein, “Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.”
“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
- dogma, a meaningless statement considered to be true, regardless of evidence.
- fate, the false impression that everything that happens was meant to happen.
- honour, the veneration of mindless devotion.
- karma, the delusion of that which goes around will eventually come around.
- luck, the name given to the inconceivability of the improbable.
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” – Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam