Ski instruction has been around a long time and over that time had evolved its own lexicology, certain words having fairly consistent meanings. Then in the mid to late 90s there was a huge change in ski design and technology that pretty much changed everything, every thing that is but the words. Ever since, the majority of the ski instruction universe has struggled to adapt the old language to the new reality with varying degrees of success. Take, for example, the word 'skid'. When I started teaching 'skid' was used to describe situations where the tail of the ski was displaced more than the tip, as in a skidded turn or skidding to a stop. Now a skidded turn for many is any turn that isn't an edge locked 'carve', a word that is it's own can of worms. What words really bug you because of varying definitions? What words do you wish would just disappear never to be used again? What words would you like to see used more? Should new definitions come down from on high or should they percolate up from the masses?
It is rather impractical to expect that there is going to be a new set of agreed on words any time soon so how do you instructors out there deal with this when different understandings of the same word crop up in lessons or interactions with peers. Personally, in lessons I tend to be very selective in what words I use and give fairly tight definitions of the word for use in my lessons, For example 'carve' is used to describe how I intend using the ski to interact with the snow surface rather than the limited outcome based def of a thin line left in the snow. With peers in the locker room/bar I just out shout them and call them dinosaurs. In clinic situations I tend to ask what often seem to be difficult to answer questions.
There was one attempt to make a radical change in the way skiing was taught and the language surrounding it but due to the caustic relationship between the founder of that school of instruction and the instructional establishment it never really caught on and is now relegated to serving a tiny fraction of the skiing public. That it is around at all is a tribute to the tenacity and extremely high teaching ability of its founder. That it hasn't grown more may be attributed to that same founders seeming "my way or the highway' philosophy. It is sad that this turned out the way it has because there is a lot of valuable substance that got lost in the negative interactions and reactions, both sides sharing the burden in this. Personally i have incorporated ideas and word usage from this source but I am a notorious thief in this respect.
This is a fairly nerdy topic so I expect the epic nerd corps ( should i capitalize that) to have something to say even if it bores most of you out there to tears,