Originally Posted by pcweber111
I think this comes down to us seeing the term used differently, an understandable situation. I see the term as Xeno being not from this earth and morph referring to a life form. MEC2 just seemed a bit harsh in his response, that's all. I think we're all agreeing here just in slightly different ways lol.
We're not agreeing, though. I have been a big fan of these films for many years, and have never heard the claim that "Xenomorph" is a generic, all-inclusive term for an alien lifeform.
In the canon of these films, it is very specific that Xenomorph is the unknown, never before encountered
(fact stated from the debriefing at the beginning of Aliens) species that Ripley claimed to have encountered on LV-426. Also, from the film, the marines joke about other alien species they have encountered before. Frost talks about getting some "Arcturian poontang", implying an alien species. Additionally, these are all examples directly from the theatrical cut of the film, so it can't be argued that this information was added in the director's cut and is not canon.
So MEC2 may have seemed to have come across as harsh, but that might have something to do with frustration over the previous several pages of this thread debating something that doesn't need to be debated. It's one thing to have your own interpretations, but its a completely different thing to have your interpretation be contrary to established canon