Common Misnomers

MTurner

Friend of Fred
Aug 17, 2010
7,946
Clayton, North Carolina, USA
Connectors are commonly referred to by "gender"---male/female---innie/outie.
What's found on a guitar or the front of an amp is a socket.
A jack should be considered "male"; conversely a socket would be a jill.
In high school I worked in an electronics store (not electronics like Radio Shack. Electronics like radios, TVs, and stereos). I sometimes got funny looks from people who clearly thought I had a dirty mind when I’d refer to male and female connectors.
 

wabash slim

I Bleed Orange
Feb 10, 2010
18,238
lafayette in
In high school I worked in an electronics store (not electronics like Radio Shack. Electronics like radios, TVs, and stereos). I sometimes got funny looks from people who clearly thought I had a dirty mind when I’d refer to male and female connectors.
I've worked in an electronics parts house and in theater forever. You'd be amazed at the people that take offence to that. The male/female idea is used in many other areas than electronics. I've been accused of being sexist when handing someone a microphone just because it sexually resembled something they thought it looked like.
"I just work with what they give me, Ma'am. I don't design them."
 

MrWookiee

Country Gent
Jun 17, 2020
1,509
SoCal, USA
I've worked in an electronics parts house and in theater forever. You'd be amazed at the people that take offence to that. The male/female idea is used in many other areas than electronics. I've been accused of being sexist when handing someone a microphone just because it sexually resembled something they thought it looked like.
"I just work with what they give me, Ma'am. I don't design them."
Kind of like the tester's mantra: "I didn't design the flinging thing, I just test the mother flinger".
 

Runamok

Country Gent
There are people that confuse 360 with 180.
I suspect there are many folks whose family tree is a wreath.
Hmmm.
Had a timing belt go out on a car in a small town in Wisconsin once.

The short version backstory: wife was bored on a Saturday night, so had this idea to drive 100 miles to a casino late in the evening. On the way home, at 1 AM a few miles out of town on a dark, tho’ not stormy night—the timing belt gives out. (There is some funny stuff which happens during next week, but am keeping this a manageable story). Before cell phones were common. The lone passing car, a 19 yr old ‘kid’ gave us a lift to a motel at the next town. My brother came & got us the next day.

I kept calling the shop from work to find out the car’s status, but all the guy answering the phone would say was: “Phil? Phil’s not here.”

Like the Cheech & Chong bit with “Dave.”
Eventually, a friend at work, hearing the exchange dubbed the missing mechanic Punxatawny Phil. He only comes up to check his shadow every Groundhog Day.

Fast foward ~2 wks later:
Phil makes an appearance.
The guys in the repair shop there had never worked on Subaru before. So we arranged a long distance call with the usual Subaru mechanic back home to help out the 3 local mechanics sweating bullets under the hood late on a Friday afternoon. (My wife’s car & she was scrutinizing their every move after our 2nd or 3rd visit. No one was damn well going anywhere until that car was repaired!)

The backfiring engine 180 degrees out of phase. The Subaru mechanic told them what to do on an older, quite simple engine.

The most unbelievable thing was watching 3 guys turn the flywheel [360] degrees to line up timing marks & try again, only to have flame shoot out of the carburetor—once again.

((sorry for the excess edits. The story needed tweaking))
 
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stevo

Friend of Fred
May 1, 2012
7,161
Atlanta
A thread about jack plates got me thinking of other guitar-related misnomers.

It's an output jack on your guitar, not an input jack.

The Bigsby is a vibrato not a tremolo.

Leo Fender made the opposite mistake on his amplifiers.

Can you think of others?

These are the big ones for me - other than Steven Wright - isms. This is a great thread.

* Is it an output jack, or is it neither? Just thinking out loud since this is actually a signal and not DC power. It's truly a circuit completion point...LOL

* Do we need to petition Webster to swap the definitions since so many amps and guitars are already created? I would really like that because I have a hard time saying "vibrato arm".

* But Leo did make that mistake until he created the Harmonic Tremolo. Or was that an even more compounded mistake?
 

Bumble 57

Gretschie
May 8, 2022
103
Durango Co
When you're retired, every day IS a vacation.
Retired, I’m working as hard now doing projects around the property as when I worked in the concrete production industry, but I can’t get anyone to pay me. It doesn’t help that my wife retired last year and wants things to do. I need a vacation from my vacation!
 
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drmilktruck

I Bleed Orange
May 17, 2009
19,724
Plymouth, MN
Hmmm.
Had a timing belt go out on a car in a small town in Wisconsin once.

The short version backstory: wife was bored on a Saturday night, so had this idea to drive 100 miles to a casino late in the evening. On the way home, at 1 AM a few miles out of town on a dark, tho’ not stormy night—the timing belt gives out. (There is some funny stuff which happens during next week, but am keeping this a manageable story). Before cell phones were common. The lone passing car, a 19 yr old ‘kid’ gave us a lift to a motel at the next town. My brother came & got us the next day.

I kept calling the shop from work to find out the car’s status, but all the guy answering the phone would say was: “Phil? Phil’s not here.”

Like the Cheech & Chong bit with “Dave.”
Eventually, a friend at work, hearing the exchange dubbed the missing mechanic Punxatawny Phil. He only comes up to check his shadow every Groundhog Day.

Fast foward ~2 wks later:
Phil makes an appearance.
The guys in the repair shop there had never worked on Subaru before. So we arranged a long distance call with the usual Subaru mechanic back home to help out the 3 local mechanics sweating bullets under the hood late on a Friday afternoon. (My wife’s car & she was scrutinizing their every move after our 2nd or 3rd visit. No one was damn well going anywhere until that car was repaired!)

The backfiring engine 180 degrees out of phase. The Subaru mechanic told them what to do on an older, quite simple engine.

The most unbelievable thing was watching 3 guys turn the flywheel [360] degrees to line up timing marks & try again, only to have flame shoot out of the carburetor—once again.

((sorry for the excess edits. The story needed tweaking))
My wife - a Wisconsin gal - wants to know what town?
 

Sabato

Country Gent
Mar 22, 2019
2,760
Massachusetts
My wife - a Wisconsin gal - wants to know what town?
Nothing to do with the OP and the Subaru, but while going to college in Rockford Illinois we used to get a van full of guys and drive to Beloit where the drinking age was lower and the bar had fifteen cent beers....
 


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