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ยง43 of the Investigations famously says:

For a large class of cases of the employment of the word "meaning" - though not for all - this word can be explained in this way: the meaning of the word is its use in the language.

And the meaning of a name is sometimes explained by pointing to its bearer.

The caveat in this passage ("though not for all") has always intrigued me. Which class - or classes - of cases might Wittgenstein have wanted to exclude? Of course, he gives an example of one such class at the end: pointing to the bearer of a name.

But are there any others you can think of?
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