Reasoned debate requires a mutual understanding of the definitions of concepts. If we were to talk of water, for example, we would have to come to some mutual understanding of the definition of water. The same goes for definitions of conservativism, liberalism, etc. We do not have to agree on the definitions, but it is essential for each party to disclose the definitions of their terms.
That said, it is quite clear that the definition of “donut” is, in the popular vernacular, too widely defined. Take, for example, this definition of donut. I mean, for goodness sakes, they have “muffins” in the “types of donuts.” Wikipedia has a page on donuts.
This means that any dough (or, “do”) that happens to fall into the fryer emerges as a donut. This can’t be right. This list of donut varieties is long and includes a quite disparate array of so-called “donuts.” In Poland, the P?czki is just as much a donut as the donuts you would get at Mister Donut in Japan. To Wikipedia’s credit, they do have a list of controversial donuts, including sweet bagels. They also have a list of donut-relations-that-are-not-donuts, defined as such:
There are no general claims that the following doughnut-related-items are ‘kinds of doughnuts’ although they are doughnut-like in two crucial senses: they are ‘toroidal in shape’ and are treated as being food and in some cases are (or can be) served fried, but are not commonly (and/or historically) explicitly described, referred to, and accepted (and/or, where appropriate, translated) as a doughnut, or type of doughnut.
Most donuts should simply be placed in a “fried-dough” category.
I’m arguing for a strict Americanization standardization of the donut. I believe in international diversity, but when it comes to defining what is and what is not a donut, I draw a ring that stretches from California to the New York islands, from the redwood forests to the Gulf-Stream waters.
From this argument, I submit my definition of donut:
“Any deep-fried fried, sweet-tasting dough made in the United States of America that is not a cruller or a fritter or a muffin or anything else like that. It can have sprinkles. It can be filled with jelly. It can be glazed.”