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Re: Word Court 'UFO'

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 22:13:48 +0100
Archived: Tue, 13 May 2008 07:53:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Word Court 'UFO'

>From: Terry Colvin <fortean1.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>,
>Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 01:27:25 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Word Court 'UFO'

>Source: The Atlantic Magazine - Washington, DC, USA


>June 2008

>p. 128

>Word Court
>by Barbara Wallraff

>Edward Doogan of Philadelphia writes:

>"I have a question about the term 'UFO'. It is my understanding
>that the term refers to any object moving in the sky that the
>viewer is unable to identify - hence 'unidentified flying
>object'. Now I hear many people use this term to refer to
>supposed alien aircraft. It drove me crazy when I heard a host
>on a National Public Radio show say that people in Texas thought
>they saw a UFO. She meant an alien craft, but she said "UFO". By
>definition, they did see a UFO: it was flying in the sky and
>they couldn't identify it. Am I right in my understanding of
>this term?"

>You're right about what the letters stand for, but I think
>you're being too literal about what the abbreviation means. Is a
>'flying saucer' an actual saucer that flies? Is a 'golden
>parachute' either golden or a parachute? 'UFO' is a useful term
>that stops short of declaring that, yes, the thing is an alien
>spacecraft while leaving open the possibility that it might be

My favourite use of the term is when witnesses report seeing a
UFO on the ground. They don't see it land, they don't see it
take off, they don't see it fly. They just report seeing a UFO
on the ground.

Gerald O'Connell

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