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Gun terms that get misused or misspelled

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Shivahasagun, Sep 30, 2022.

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  1. Shivahasagun

    Shivahasagun Member

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    It's Hornady. Horn-uh-dee.

    NOT Hornaday. Horn-uh-day.

    It's ambidextrous. Am-bee-dex-truss.

    NOT ambidextrius. Am-bee-dex-tree-us.

    Feel free to add to the list!
     
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  2. beeenbag

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    Eh as long as I know what they are talking about, makes no difference to me how someone wants to spell or say something. Being a hillbilly from east kentucky, it sounds like banjos playing when I talk sometimes, but everyone seems to understand what I'm saying.
     
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  3. sparkyv

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    Hoppe's
    It's hop-ees, not hops

    Sabot
    Is say-bow, not sab-bott

    And don't get me started on this one:
    Sellier & Bellot


    ...this is fun!
     
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  4. Coyote3855

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    Heckler & Koch?
     
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  5. jmorris

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    Assault, has to be #1 by a huge margin.

    None of my black, mag fed, pistol gripped rifles have ever initiated a physical attack.
     
  6. Conelrad

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    A "Belgium" gun. Nope.

    If it's from there, it is Belgian.
     
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  7. Jim Watson

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    Obviously you were not in this area when Browning production moved from FN to Miroku.
    "I put up my Belgium Browning and got a Mossberg to hunt with."
    I think the "put up" jars almost as bad as "Belgium Browning."
    Fortunately that was before "Mossy" was current lingo.

    As far as pronunciation goes, there are fair numbers of "Smith and Westerns" around here, and even some "Sig Sawyers."

    I can let most schoolhouse grammar slide, but that big old apostrophe just pokes me in the eyes when used for a plural.
    "I have lots of Colt's from Colt's Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co." Same word, but wrong, then right usage.

    I try to hold back comments on such misuse as ".32 Smith and Wesson Short" and ".308" bore diameter." Not always successfully.
     
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  8. CoalCrackerAl

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    Im Pa dutch. Some of the elder dutch used say things different. My mom still still says wolks wagon vs volks wagon as an example.
     
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  9. Shivahasagun

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    I admit I used to say, "Hop's".

    But now I use Clenzoil anyway. ;)
     
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    Especially jarring, since the proper German pronunciation is FolksVagon.

    BTW mein grossmutter was born in Shamokin.
     
  11. Shivahasagun

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    I usually say, "Ess and Bee".

    But I THINK saying it out properly is "Sell-yer and bel-lo".

    Right?
     
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  12. jmr40

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    Sako. Should be pronounced "Sock-O"
    Tikka. Should be pronounced "Tick-A"

    My biggest pet peeve is folks who misuse optics terminology. For example an 8X opic is simply 8 times magnification. You can include the front objective size but it is optional. If so it would be 8X40 or 8X32 for example. Doesn't matter if it is binoculars or a scope.

    With variable power scopes the range of magnification is listed as 3-9X, 1-4X, etc. If the objective size is listed it comes after the X. For example 3-9X40. If you literally read the words and symbols it makes no sense to write 3X9X40.
     
  13. Shivahasagun

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    Pronounced "Hek-kler and cawk"...I think.

    Or "Coke"? Hmm.
     
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  14. Shanghai McCoy

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    I just say H and K... o_O
     
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  15. Shivahasagun

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    I usually say, for example, "one through four by thirty-two" to mean 1-4x and 32 mm objective. Right?
     
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  16. Shivahasagun

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    Really? In Finn or English?
     
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    BULLLL-its
    Not BOOOO-lits
    But I'm as guilty as everyone else on that.
     
  18. .45Coltguy

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    There is NO way I'm calling my Sako Finnbear a Socko! Sounds like a damn clown name. Not a chance. Sako!!!
     
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  19. Mal H

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    These two are on my pet peeve list:

    Even though it seems like the 'u' should come before the 'a' in "gauge" like it does in words like "assuage", it doesn't.
    When I see folks talking about their 12 guage shotgun, I wonder how they are pronouncing it. goo-ij? kwage?

    And there's the ever popular "muzzle break" used instead of "muzzle brake". I have asked some members how they get good groups if their muzzle is broken. ;)
     
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    Muzzle brake, not break..
    And "wheelgun", dumbest term ever!`

    Mal beat me to it!
     
  21. slicksleeve

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    Boolit.
     
  22. .308 Norma

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    There's plenty of "Smith and Westons" around too. ;)
     
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  23. thirty-eight

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    Breach. Huh? For guns, it's "breech."
     
  24. FL-NC

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    After 20+ years working with people from different places, and some of those people english is not even their first language, you learn to ignore these things. I once asked a supply sgt from PR for some spray paint and he had no idea what I was talking about until I showed him what I wanted. He said oh- es-pray pain! The important thing was that he ended getting me the espary paint or whatever it was that I needed. I'm a product of the Florida public school system, so I'm not going to throw rocks in a glass house.
     
  25. EMC45

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    Sabot is the root word for Sabotage. Not say-bowtage.
     
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