ElectricLute wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:27 pm
This is one of those endless arguments. It's similar to a previous post about classical and acoustic guitar and if they are the same .
In many technical fields we take great care to carefully define certain words and phrases. We learn to disregard how we personally might like to interpret a certain word or phase and defer to an agreed (and documented) definition-- no matter how counter intuitive we personally might find it. In fact, when it comes to new definitions, we'll often coin our own words, or borrow foreign words precisely because those words don't import semantic garbage.
Have you ever watched two people, who hold the same opinion, violently arguing over what amounts to a personal preference for how to express that opinion? We call it being in "violent agreement". It's funny the first few times you see it happen; it quickly becomes annoying.
This issue is well understood in our professional environment. I've had many amusing lunch-time discussions about the frustrations of getting along in the real world where people seem to be totally oblivious to it. There's a real human tendency to get distracted by, and to argue for, one's own definition instead of trying to understand what your friend is really trying to say. It's a listening skill.
In any informal conversation you'll usually be well served by dropping your own definitions, figuring out understanding those of your friend, and using his terms.
Often times, in reviewing research, we find it necessary to catalog the semantic differences various teams give to identical terms. That's pretty much what you see happening in a thread like this. So yes, it does end up being an endless "argument"; and usually pretty pointless as well; we're not likely to take the next step and develop a set of formal agreed upon definitions.
"An amateur is he who takes up the study of an instrument as a relaxation from his serious occupations." -- Sor