This seems a small thing but I think it hides a deeper issue. Maybe it's reverse snobbery: modern sailors needn't learn the old ropes, kind of thing. I understand the Bumfuzzles intentionally do this to irritate other, more traditional sailors.
New adventures often have their own vocabulary. Most of us try to use the "correct" term in context for clarity and precision, as Idorakeeper points out.
"And there are the yachties who have
been cruising for years and still call a chart
a map, the head
the toilet, sheets
and going below downstairs."
I don't think anyone wants to be called a "yachtie" but there's little question that this term is used to describe folks with enough dough to buy a nice boat but not enough time/interest to learn how to sail. Learning
to sail means having the boat under control. It means knowing how to anchor
effectively. It means spending enough time on your boat to know how it will react when you put your engine
in reverse. Practice makes possible.
There's a recent thread about demons and skippers own up to the fact that they either cannot or are terrified of trying to dock
their vessel. This ain't easy but it's a very real part of learning
to handle your boat. Hell, I know people who can't sail their boat to a mooring
, let alone try to put it in a slip under sail or power, yet this is surely part of learning to sail.
Does it matter if you call the galley
the kitchen? I guess not but I have to wonder why the reluctance to adapt to or adopt the seamanlike nomenclature.