Re: Is aikido a budo?
Stephen Fry had a great quote. "If you're the kind of person who insists on this or that 'correct' use... abandon your pedantry as I did mine. Dive into the open flowing waters and leave the stagnant canals be... Above all, let there be pleasure!"
And on that note I'm going back to counting the number of angels on this pin head. "One, two, three..."
Or to put it another way... To answer the question -- kinda, sorta... It depends.