Do you find it objectionable to have to abandon perfectly good words because a social group or social engineering faction chooses to high jack one every so often and assign a new meaning? Occasionally having to ply myself as a wordsmith of sorts it is perplexing to know what word is to conjure. Drone is certainly a word in this category of morphed terms. Drones for entomologists or behavioral scientists are a segment of insect social structure. To a musician or a bored family member a drone is an endless monotonic sound. The meanings of long used words often have their meanings morphed through colloquial usage to take on new connotations that in the blink of an eye can transition to universal definitions. Today the word drone has a taken on the imagery of an unmanned flying vehicle. But not just any unmanned vehicle. They are a class of vehicles that serve non-specific purposes and are remotely operated, or worse yet are totally autonomous. Who is to say whether at some point they may become self-aware and lose the unmanned portion of the definition – or would it? Hmm. But I digress. As of yet the word drone as ascribed to man-less machines has yet to accrue legal status even though the term appears in the legal synopsis of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 as well...Read More
Author: Dave Tomasic
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