The word "civilian"...

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  1. 'Ol Grandad

    'Ol Grandad Director of civil unrest

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    Everyone wants to be "someone".
     
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    wprebeck Have you seen me?

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    Ok, so one organization uses the yerm in that way. Still wondering about the authority they have to define words in the English language. My department defines the area where we take in prisoners from the police as the "grill". Pretty sure that definition holds no weight outside of here.

    Just like I'm pretty sure that the definition of a word found in the dictionary is more accurate than one defined by the Department of Defense.
     
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  3. ReaPer105

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    If I'm speaking of military matters, I'm a civilian.
    If I'm speaking of police matters, I'm not a civilian.
    It really depends on the topic at hand in my mind.
    And to the OP, it matters not...I'm heading rapidly to being a civilian in either sense and looking forward to that day!
     
  4. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    You can be anything you want or call yourself anything that pleases you.

    Civil servants are civilians... it's in the name.
     
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    LOL....it has been a few months since this one popped up.

    This is the only 'term' where some will fight so hard to ignore the very recorded definition of a word.
     
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  6. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    The definitions of words change frequently. That's why dictionaries are updated often. The legal terminology hasn't changed according to the DoD.
     
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    LOL....we are talking about the English language and not how the DOD defines things though.
     
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  8. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    No, we are talking about how American law enforcement is classified as a civilian agency by the federal government despite what Webster has to say on the matter.
     
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    Yes. This. Thank you.

    Words do not have objective meanings chiseled in stone. They get their meanings by common usage. "Gay" meant one thing in the 1960's and something else now. That is because the common usage changed, not because some little twerp who is employed by Webster's said so. Webster's, as a practical matter, is reactive and always behind the curve. Society gets there first, and then Webster's follows along some time later.

    My view is the police officers are the only ones, in general, who think they aren't civilians. They sometimes tend to think to much of themselves.
     
  10. DrewBone

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    Oh my feelings weren't hurt, I was just perplexed as to why LE were able to legally purchase items to defend themselves and family which I was not allowed to do - simply because of reasons that we all know to be complete BS.
     
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    Mods, thanks for moving this to the appropriate forum...I'd forgotten it even existed! And guys, it wasn't my intention to create a definition war, so please don't allow yourselves to get too exciterated over it, thanks ;)
     
  12. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    It's all fun and games until someone loses a keyboard... then it's just fun.
     
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    So, if a cop dosent show up for work, dose a cop go arrest him?
     
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    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    A rifle is a weapon, period.

    I know because the military is the sole arbitrator of the English language and its definitions.

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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    AR15 and the like are Assault Weapons.

    We know this because the government has given them that definition.

    This is beyond contention. /]

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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    ...civilians, all riled up when their authority isn't respected.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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