Reality changes words far more than words can ever change reality.

Mark Forsyth

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Source: "What's a Snollygoster? A Short Lesson in Political Speak." TEDxHousesofParliament. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from etymologist Mark Forsyth's 2009 TED Talk on how politicians use language to try to influence how people think. The quote means that while people (such as politicians) may attempt to shape public thought by using certain words, history ultimately shapes words' meanings, no matter the original intent. The quote has a similar meaning to the saying "actions speak louder than words." Watch the TED Talk that is the source of this quote here: Mark Forsyth - What's a Snollygoster? A Short Lesson in Political Speak