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8) 29 George: You sold a candy bar for twenty dollars? It is interesting that Trump, who introduces the term ‘flashed’ (in line 1), asks what it means (in line 9), but pretty clearly he isn’t asking so as to find out. He is asking because he wants to make sure that Ivana is on the same page as him—that what she did (the details seem irrelevant to Trump) was a clear case of flashing. Notice that Ivana could have protested that what she did was not a case of flashing, but she agreed for purposes of the discussion to concede that what she did was clearly in the range of ‘flashing’.

If this is right, then we can say that people shifted the definition in such a way as to reflect some important shared property (or properties) of the bulk of the original canonical exemplars in the range of ‘planet’. More recent scientific discoveries have again called into question the proper definition of the word ‘planet’. To some extent these definitional disputes have made it into the public sphere with the question of whether Pluto should count as being in the range of ‘planet’. As a bit of background to this case, it is important to understand that Pluto has always been a bit weird as far as planets go.

2013). 20 Introduction The issue extends to questions like what falls in the range of ‘terrorist’ and ‘weapon of mass destruction’. You might be thinking that ‘weapon of mass destruction’ would have a narrow range, including things like nuclear weapons, but like all words and phrases this one is dynamic, and the government, even while it is narrowing the meaning of ‘journalist’, has been broadening the meaning of ‘terrorist’ and ‘weapon of mass destruction’. Needless to say, this is a dangerous combination, particularly since establishment journalists have been acquiescing in these modulations even while independent journalists have resisted them.

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