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    Little niggly word usages?

    I notice of late lots of people using the word "Heads" , then others pulling them up with the correct term "Bullet", I would like to add my little gripe...........It's " Reticle", not reticule.............. now where did I put that tin hat?
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I thought both reticle and reticule were technically acceptable

    Agree with 'heads' and another one I don't like for some reason is 'shotty' aka shotgun... not sure why, it just makes my teeth itch!

    Alex

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    I'm with Alex on "shotty"....best kept for eastend gangster films..
    Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch

    "...Nicely just doesn't cut the cheese....." A new twist on management-speak courtesy of a colleague.

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    "Shotty" used by the same people that drive landys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csl View Post
    I thought both reticle and reticule were technically acceptable
    Looks like Finnbear is right, at least according to the Oxford English Dictionary. A 'Reticule' is a ladies drawstring purse!

    Deleted from my vocabulary!

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    The use of 'head' for 'bullet' surely results from a lamentable misunderstanding of technical names for parts of a round. It should therefore be cureable by gentle eductaion in all but the most wilful!

    'shotty' and 'rimmy' are snappy diminutives which I think give an unfortunate impression of a lack of gravitas on the part of the user. They should not be used on a grown-up forum.

    I think that 'reticule' unfortunately means the same as 'reticle'. I much prefer the latter to describe the crosshair of a telescope sight, as the former seems to suggest a smutty double entendre in a restoration comedy. Perhaps that's just my naughty mind, though.

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    Just googling around a bit it seems all the main scope manufacturers use 'recticle'. I guess 'reticule' could be a corruption of reticle and graticule that has become accepted through use?

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    Perhaps that's just my naughty mind, though.
    It is!

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    Well I just took a look and this is what I found:-

    Noun1.graticule - a network of fine lines, dots, cross hairs, or wires in the focal plane of the eyepiece of an optical instrument reticle, reticule
    cross hair, cross wire - either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration; "he had the target in his cross hairs"
    Now I use Reticle for scopes and Graticule for more complex designs such as that found in the Wickman Optical grinder I had to use at times. The Graticule on that was graduated in 0.005" lines but with the magnification of 50x if I recall correctly it was easy to cut to 0.0005" (half a thou). With care even more precision could be obtained.

    Oh and a cartridge case is about the only thing I can think of that has the head and mouth at opposite ends and the word "head" meaning bullet is a pure Americanism and a horrible one at that .................... Sorry Muir .

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    How about "Muzzle break" when people really mean "Muzzle brake", I really switch off when I see stuff like this on websites of "Gunsmiths " & the like.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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