Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
I didn't say they 'weren't aware' of the technicality. Go back to my quarterback analogy. There was a time back in the early days of the game where the Quarterback was basically just one of the "backs" so it would've made conversational sense back in that day to call him a "back" instead of a "quarterback"
Today, if you called Peyton Manning a "back" everyone would look at you like you're crazy (because you are) even though you're technically correct.
Talking gun control while calling a semi-automatic an automatic is the same deal. Not exactly wrong. Just a bit off.
Automatic is used all the time to refer to semi-auto pistols (I cited several different sources that do so), though I will give you that the incorrect
usage to refer only to full-auto is becoming more prevalent in society.
Ironically, having a pistol referred to as "automatic" is how I was originally learned about semi vs full (when I was 8).
[Your reflexive defensiveness is nothing if not predictable.
:eyeroll: Nice try.