Date: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 10:46:24 -0500 From: Ron Rabin 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) freedom good bad 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"). Ron Rabin Buffalo State College