Abstract: In 1923, in “The Ego and the Id”, Freud states that “In essence a word is after all the mnemic residue of a word that has been heard” (Essential Works vol. 3, The Psychology of the Unconscious, p. 226). This assertion opens a perspective on the understanding of the meaning of words, which contains more than just the logical connexions built through semantic sedimentations and kept within the pages of dictionaries, including the history of their usage experience in the dynamic of word meanings as well.
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 13(1):14-15
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