Yes, most of us do... but the fact is, that dictionaries take common usage into account... mag and clip are nearly interchangeable... And the dictionary quoted cites magazines as being used in automatic weapons only... not semi autos...
Originally Posted by MotorCityGun
For decades, all private planes with a single engine (that crashed... the only ones that make the news) were Piper Cubs in the press.
People associate Piper Cub with single engine high wing plane... they associate clip with the device used to hold more than a gazillion rounds added to an automatic weapon to kill and maim hundreds of innocent people every day.
It ain't right... but it is what it is... accepted vernacular.
If you give the press too much to think about, they'll never get the story out. and if it bleeds it leads... Dirty Laundry by Don Henley comes to mind...
I would say that this explaination isn't too far from the truth, if not right on.
Originally Posted by Guantes
At a hospital that I worked for recently, I had the occasion to assist one of the education nurses in dumbing-down a patient information document. The system's standard (which I belive was based on a government standard) required that the document be readable at a 5th grade level (MS Word has a measurement tool for this) - never mind that most dictionary-grade medical terminology doesn't measure lower than an 11th grade level!
I think when the media is involved we better stick with "stun gun", if you give them any leverage they will describe it as a fully automatic assault electrocution gun that turns babies and innocent livestock into smoking briquettes.