Date: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 10:46:24 -0500
From: Ron Rabin RABINRL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SNYBUFAA.CS.SNYBUF.EDU
Subject: Re: Rabbit = Rodent?
More words with no fixed referent:
democracy (how many countries with how many different kinds of government
have the word democracy in their names)
In fact, any word that refers to something of value can be used by someone
who has power for some audience to name and define: the act of rhetorical
definition. The authority for the reference is merely in the power the
audience bestows on the speaker (typically called "ethos").
Buffalo State College