What words can you say without a tongue?

Words and meanings are not independent of the meaning. Meaning is a result of the word.
About — Meshell Ndegeocello

The only way words do not mean is if you are not saying something that expresses an meaning that makes sense to you, or you are making a word out of something it doesn’t mean.

If you have a sentence as short and as short as this, it could be called a “strawman sentence”, not at all a sentence with a meaning.


You’re my only good friend.

If you want to be my only good friend, it still means: “You’re my only friend”.

The sentence “You’re my only good friend” is not a sentence with a meaning, it is a sentence without a meaning.

“You’re my only good friend” means:

It means you are my only good friend.

The sentence “You’re my only” means:

You are my only.

It means you are my only friend, and I am your only good friend, just like you are my best friend.

Therefore the sentence doesn’t actually have a meaning, just like, “You are my (best) friend” has no meaning.

Words like “my only” or “you’re my only” don’t mean anything. They can mean anything. In a sentence without a meaning “you are my only good friend” has no meaning.

If you want to claim this sentence as a meaning, you need to claim that it is what the speaker thinks it means.


You are my only good friend.

You are my only good friend.

I am your (good) friend because you are my only good friend.

You can’t claim that you’re “my only”.

The statement “You are my only” means:

You are (your) only.

You are (your) only best friend.

Note that “me” or “my” or “you” are not really “you”, “me” is a modifier, and is not the subject of the sentence.

You are, so you are. And “I am” means “I am”. So, “I am” meaning:

I am.

I am (something) is the subject.

What is “something” then (e.g. “your”)?

Something is (what