the back button allows you to skip this "here she goes again, bitching & moaning". I hope you are all for free speech, as long as I am "polite and on topic". This is meant as a "constructive critism", so read the following only if you wish to.
Glossary or Lexicon?
It's nearly the same topic: a title attracted my attention (on another RV forum) "laminate in the shower". I was interested, as our contact paper is peeling off and we are looking to fix it.
The message had me scratching my head: "looking for a source of laminate (contact paper) with wood grain". Several persons directed him to Camping World as a source of "laminate/contact paper".
This, in my view, goes deeper than the need for a simple RV glossary.
I understand now why RV makers can get away with using cheap, inadequate materials. That these 3 or 4 persons didn't know the difference between "laminate" and "contact paper" was a rude awakening for me.
Of course, I don't imply that these people are a majority. But, that % is still way too big. If words are so often misused in our "regular" life, how can we expect competency when it comes to RVing terms?
RV buyers will "buy" the salesman's speech: I can picture an RV brochure :"shower walls covered in laminate" [read: contact paper] with "rosewood cabinets" [means gum, with bad imitation rosewood stain] and "brass vanity lights" [aka "brass-plated, that will rust in no time"],.....
I am pretty naive: Mike had to explain to me that this was done to please the "little lady"
...... And the buyer happily smiles
, enjoys the rosewood and brass decor.
What does this have to do with a glossary?
Very little ? if you bought an RV from a dealer, you are better off forgetting most of the "grandiose" words they used to describe the interior.
Mike and I live so outside the usual "consumer world" that I tend to be unaware of the hype in advertising, the constant distortion in the meaning of words, the intentional sloppiness in description.
And, back to my old gripe
: the constant misspellings which make the forum "SEARCH" a lot less effective: brakes->breaks, fluorescent->florescent, flour->flower, of course-> of coarse.
Once, it is called a "typo". Twice or more: I don't want to get into that.
I have read posts that remained unanswered and I thought "what is that guy trying to say?"
My point is: what about if we all make a little effort in writing our posts ?
Using the correct wording to make clear what we are trying to discuss. Using a spell checker and thinking twice before pushing the "send button",.......... (of course, I
have an excuse
That was my "bitching & moaning" for the day
. Keep up the good work: let's all go back to our rosy life, and discuss our brass gizmos and rosewood thingies