What if we asked someone, “In what sense are these words a description of what you see?” — and he answers: “I mean this by these words.” (Perhaps he was looking at a landscape.) Why is this answer “I mean this . . .” no answer at all?
How does one mean, with words, what one sees before one?
Suppose I said “a b c d” and meant thereby: the weather is fine. For as I uttered these signs, I had the experience normally had only by someone who, year in, year out, used “a” in the sense of “the”, “b” in the sense of “weather”, and so on. — Does “a b c d” now say: the weather is fine?
What should be the criterion for my having had that experience?
I have hard time understanding this excerpt. My attempted interpretation is like this: Suppose a man stands before a landscape and shouts "The landscape is magnificient". The man cannot mean the landscape by these words, for his utterance does not refer to the landscape, but expresses the magnificience of the landscape. However, I am very suspicious of whether my interpretation is correct.
Also, does "a b c d" do indeed say "the weather is fine"? What is Wittgenstein's opinion on this?