The importance of semantics in natural language understanding

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Q: What was the time of the day?

A: It was brillig.

Q: What were the toves doing?

A: They were gyring and gimbling.

Q: Were the borogoves slithy?

A: I don’t know. They were certainly mimsy.

Take this, Cyc.