I think so, too.
But I'm an old man, and we tell stories.
Back when I was an apprentice, I learned a valuable lesson about trade vocabulary and communication. We were building an ornate door, on a public building in downtown Seattle. The door was huge, almost twenty feet high, and the doors arrived on a semi. The rest, the jamb and the interior and exterior trim, were all built by hand, a process that took almost two weeks before we were ready for the doors.
The superintendent had several detail drawings direct from the architect that called out all the details of the doors, (a pair) and almost all the pieces, as well as different sections had names on the drawings. The one in this story, and the one I remember, was "corbel".
The carpenter foreman had a problem with communication. I figured that out a couple months later when he was fired for lack of production. Everyone knew, but he let a couple journeymen go, and then hired replacements. So I watched from the shelter of my apprenticeship while a few journeymen came and went.
Now, remember, the super had drawings, and the drawings had names. Maybe the names were right, maybe not, but there wasn't much arguing with the drawing.
So more than one new journeyman walked onto the jobsite, and the foreman would say "you're going to be working on the corbel." On the drawing, there was a box surrounding an entire structure of trim above the door, and the label said "Corbel: see drawing A". Or B. Or something. I've forgotten. So the foreman would tell the new guy "you're going to be working on the corbel."
One guy said "okay", and went to work. In the wrong place. The foreman stopped him, showed him the drawing, and the guy said "that's not a corbel!" He didn't last very long. Another guy, the guy I learned this lesson from, when told he would be working on the corbel, answered "okay, and by 'corbel' you mean...", and then the foreman showed him the drawing and the guy went to work.
What I learned was that vocabulary and phrases in the trades are for communication, and what they mean and how they're used can vary from job to job, and what matters is the communication.
"When I have your wounded." -- Major Charles L. Kelley, callsign "Dustoff", refusing to recognize that an LZ was too hot, moments before before being killed by a single shot, July 1, 1964.
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