No. Words have no definite meanings. Why do ask? It's simple. Words have different meanings depending on who you're talking to and what they interpret those words to mean. Words are mere representations of the things they claim to be. The word "chalk" for example is meaningless, it is simply a placeholder for an object. The word chalk itself doesn't mean anything. Write the word on a blackboard. Is it actually chalk? No, because as a book I'm reading in one of my classes states, "The word is not the thing." I bring this up because I've always seen people quote the dictionary (I have myself) to prove a point or to try and solidify their opinions by bringing in what they believe to be the official meaning of a word or phrase. The problem with this is that words have no meaning, so how can you use a dictionary as more than a book of opinions? This is a problem today because a lot people seem to assume that everyone's words mean the same things. It's probably why certain members on this site can't see anything but racism in others' words. Thoughts?