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Comment author: taryneast 08 December 2010 11:18:32PM 0 points [-]

In fact you can't, individually and as a decision of will, change the meaning of a word in a language.

New phrases are coined constantly, and people change the meanings of existing words also: 'gay' being a good example as it's changed twice in recent history. Presumably there was some person that started that particular definition-shift, does that not count as "individually as a decision of will"?