It is not the objects, not the objects at all. It is not the words either,
although often they are lovely and the contrasts are surprising when you have
one in your head shaped like a rectangle and then you have another in your head
shaped like a square, for example. That is lovely, as is the sound of your
voice saying them, when you say them, but it is not the fact of the objects or
the fact of the words, really, it is the fact of establishing the correct
establishments on which to place them, that is all.
Each uncombined expression can mean one of these, she said, i.e., what, how
large, what kind, related to what, where, when, how placed, in what state,
acting, or suffering. See? For example, a woman may be five-foot six and a
writer, a student of philosophy at her desk at midnight, sitting down and
writing, and suffering from the cold.
Substance, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, position, state, action,
and affection, she said.
--- from The Impossibly, by Laird Hunt, p. 36.