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I certainly agree with you.

But then... We "abuse" lots of terms. Think of "plastic glasses" - where does the glass get into it? You watch a "film": I haven't watched a film for many years, not even the film of magnetic particles on a video tape; it has all been digital (and even if you watch a video tape on your TV set, you do not see the film!) I connect to the "internet" - but it isn't, it is an intranet: The primary reason for its success is that it is a homogenous net, with a single addressing structure, a single set of network protocols. Didn't we call them "(omni)buses" even when they were not available to people with darker skin? Where is the optics in modern Optical Character Recognition, OCR? Turkeys are rarely from Turkey, and you do not put a tulip on your head nowadays. French Freedom Fries are not made in France (unless you live there).

We could go on and on. Regarding tripods in the more well known use, as a camera stand: I prefer a monopod (old photographer saying: "A monopod in the hand is better than a tripod at home" Smile | :) ), but when I refer to it, I have many times had to refer to it as a "one-legged tripod" to make people understand what I am talking about. "Tripod" has come to mean "some sort of camera support, regardless of number of legs". Lots of people reading about those "tripod" creatures (that is, even those who read books) never pay much attention to the number of legs - "tripods" simply means ugly, dangerous creatures attacking you.

Often, when you dig down into the ethymology of common words, you'll find that their original meaning was quite different from the meaning today. Our modern usage is "wrong". Well, that is the way language evolves.

Of course: If you are making an illustration of the tripods of H. G. Wells, then you should draw them as the author was imagining them, and he certainly referred to "tripods" for a reason. You should consider it significant. In everyday social life, maybe it pays to be somewhat more flexible. One of my friends cannot stand to hear people refer to a modern cleaning agent as "soap" unless it chemically is a soap in the chemical sense, salt of a fatty acid. He feels morally obliged to point out, every time, that that is not a soap. And everybody else sigh "Oh no, not again!"

(Sidetrack, regarding "flexible": I learned a new term today. Some Norwegian politicians have the last twenty four hours shown great flexibility in their attitudes in certain international issues, and one satirical forum praised them for being "politicians with a very flexible backbone". But that is running into politics, which is not supposed to be referred to here. Sorry.)
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