posted on Dec, 23 2013 @ 10:58 AM
reply to post by IntoxicatingMadness
Apparently UFO means different things to different people. To some, it means alien spacecraft. To others, it means an unidentified flying object.
You even see the difference in popular culture. The TV sci-fi show "UFO" wasn't about unidentified flying objects, it was about alien space ships.
But there are UFO documentaries that consider them unidentified flying objects, like "UFO files" which considers alien craft as one possible source
among many other possible sources including manmade craft and natural phenomena (or in some cases possibly model train wheels photographed by model
train enthusiasts as has been alleged with photos looking similar to the ones in this thread).
So when I see the term "UFO", I'm not sure what the person means by it until they provide some context. The dictionary even reflects the ambiguity
in popular use of the term, because the definitions provided straddle both meanings simultaneously:
: a flying object in the sky that some people believe could be a spaceship from another planet
Full Definition of UFO
: an unidentified flying object; especially : flying saucer
That doesn't really settle the debate, does it? But that's how the term is used: