McCloud states that symbols fall into one category meant to represent concepts, ideas and philosophies; pictures are images meant to resemble their subjects, icons are meant to represent a person, place, thing or idea (p. 27), and that non pictorial icons have a fixed and absolute meaning (p.28). So where do words fall in? Where is the line that separates symbols from icons? I'd like to follow up this question by bringing up the example where McCloud made the distinction in the car accident. If one person driving a car is hit by another person driving a car, the victim says, "He hit me." rather than saying, "He drove his car into my car." Is this an example of an icon being misused? A symbol? Words? How does one get differentiated from the rest if they are being misused? Are they being misused at all, or are they being used properly as symbols or icons?