Uncommon Sense

June 26, 2021

How Sloppy Language Misleads Us All

Filed under: Culture,Reason,The News — Steve Ruis @ 10:38 am

With the release of the Pentagon’s “assessment” of “UAPs,” that is Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” more popularly known as UFOs, Unidentified Flying Objects, The Guardian offered a piece with the title “How pop culture has shaped our understanding of aliens.”


We have no understanding of aliens . . . zero, zip, zilch.

We have never met an alien, we have never studied an alien, we have never questioned an alien. All aliens known to us so far are either: (a) fictional (am a big fan, am I) or (b) provisional in that they are based upon reports of individuals who claim they encountered such beings.

I am a big fan of fictional aliens because they offer a mechanism for authors to consider different ways to think, act, and live, without judgment. Very cool.

But as to any “understanding” of aliens, we have exactly none. If you think you do, a reality check is warranted.

A better title would be “How Pop Culture has Shaped our Image of Aliens,” or something similar.


  1. Only Steve would catch this! 😂

    But your point is well-taken. 👏


    Comment by Nan — June 26, 2021 @ 11:35 am | Reply

    • Yes, I admit it. I am a Language Grouch … and not even a recovering one! Hey, it takes all kinds and boy am I one of a kind! (I just noticed that “one of a kind” means just a single individual of a group of individuals, not a unique personality. That would be a “kind of one,’ No? (Just to prove your point! :o)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 26, 2021 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

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