> Hi MJT,
> Not wishing to stretch the point, but an alien can simply refer
> to a person from another country.
> An "alien" does not have to
> be, as you claim, an 'Extra-terrestrial Being'.
I make no such claim.
I merely point out the majority think ET, etc., when 'alien' is mentioned.
> But even
> if Aliens (as per GH's question) were ETs, that does not
> necessarily equate to their being Astronauts.
How, in your opinion, are ETs most likely to travel from planet to planet?
I would imagine in a physical craft of some description.
I wonder what we call those people who travel from Earth into Space in a vehicle called a spacecraft.
Hmm, the word 'astronaut' comes to mind for some strange reason.
> It's all to do with your narrow point of reference, not the
> Queen's English.
Actually, my point of reference is quite wide because I am taking colloquialism into consideration. :)
> Maybe you have watched too many Hollywood movies.
And surely you can see that this is for many, many people the reason why the term 'alien' has become synonymous with beings from outer space.
It might not be grammatically correct, but does it really matter that much?
As long as it is made clear what one means by the term 'alien', I see no problem.
If you, loveritus, what to continue with being overly pedantic, then feel free to carry on - I'll just ignore you . . . :)
So few answers - and not one of them mine.