It’s truly remarkable the labels we put on certain things.
For instance, it’s not uncommon for large, public disturbances to be labeled “riots.”
But generally speaking, certain conditions have to be in place for people to be comfortable using that term.
If those conditions aren’t met, the term “riot” is usually absent.
Some people might think a bunch of drunken lawbreakers setting vehicles on fire and assaulting police officers would meet those conditions.
But when it’s college students from Villanova “celebrating” the university winning the NCAA Championship, most others would rather call it something else.
After all, those good Catholic kids would never actually beat up a police horse right?
So the term “riot,” in that way, is a lot like “terrorism”—it means wildly different things to different people.