posted on Dec, 31 2005 @ 01:05 PM
Glad I'm not the only one...
That's always sort of bothered me, and I've made the same point to people. If you see something flying, and you can't identify it, then,
legitimately, it's a UFO.
I actually got into an argument with a coworker about that once. We were standing outside, and a jet was flying over. All we could see was a vapor
trail with a speck at the front of it. I pointed at it and said, "Look-- a UFO."
He said, "Nah-- you're crazy. That's just a jet."
I asked, "Can you identify it?" and, when he shook his head, said, "then it's a UFO."
"But it's not a UFO!" he insisted.
"Is it unidentified?"
"Is it flying?"
Grimacing, he nodded.
"Then it's a UFO."
And so on.
Of course, words don't have to mean exactly what they seem to mean, and over time many words have come to mean something entirely different from what
an analysis of them might lead one to think they should mean. It's even possible, in the midst of that process, for two different people to treat
words as if they mean two different things, and for both people to be, at least to some degree, correct.
Language is a slippery thing...