portholeUsed to work with a retired Chief- Pearl Harbor survivor. Told me the old joke about the Senor Chief chewing out a new recruit over his use of terms- "This is a SHIP. THAT is a bulkhead, that is a hatch, that is a ladder. Now get it straight or I'll throw you out that funny little round window...."
There was a time in America where we used simpler less-technical language when we were still young and innocent as a culture. When a five-year old boy says "Intel Pentium processor", I have issues.
In 1983, I got my first car, a new Camaro that year. I was attending junior college at the time. A lady in the college parking lot said to me, "WOW!, What a hot vehicle you've got!" I gave her a look of surprise. Vehicle... so official sounding.
Nowadays, VEHICLE is used all over the place in the auto industry. It's not a car or truck anymore... it's a vehicle. I miss the days when AUTOMOBILE was more commonly used. AUTOMOBILE. Planes Trains and Automobiles. Nice ring to it.