69. How should we explain to someone what a game is? I imagine that we should
describe games to him, and we might add: "This and similar things are called
'games'". And do we know any more about it ourselves? Is it only other people
whom we cannot tell exactly what a game is?—But this is not ignorance. We do not
know the boundaries because none have been drawn. To repeat, we can draw a
boundary—for a special purpose. Does it take that to make the concept usable?
Not at all! (Except for that special purpose.) No more than it took the
definition: 1 pace = 75 cm. to make the measure of length 'one pace' usable. And
if you want to say "But still, before that it wasn't an exact measure", then I
reply: very well, it was an inexact one.—Though you still owe me a definition of
Someone says to me: "Shaw the children a game." I teach them gaming with dice, and the other says "I didn't mean that sort of game." Must the exclusion of the game with dice have come before his mind when he gave me the order?