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The act or practice of misusing or misinterpreting a word, phrase, or article of text to suit one's own meaning or purpose. Taken from the character Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, who states, "When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean." The senator's misrepresentation of the proposed bill is a blatant case of Humpty Dumptyism that is purely aimed at riling up her constituency. He's too entrenched in Humpty Dumptyism to realize that socialism is something completely different from what he is decrying.
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