DLR Rolling Stock May 17, 2017 16:22:19 GMT
Post by class411 on May 17, 2017 16:22:19 GMT
The TYPE of 'articulation' is the point here.
As far as passenger rolling stock is concerned, 'articulation' refers to the mounting of the ends of two underframes on a shared bogie. This is what is meant by 'articulated', and to use the word for any other form of 'articulation' without specifying that fact can only lead to confusion.
So it's best not to.
That's nonsense. You've got it back to front.
It will only cause confusion if people insist on arguing that black is white - i.e. that a train is not articulated.
It might be the case that a certain particular subgroup of people have made a habit of using a word with a well known, defined, meaning in a specific and non conforming way, but that does not entitle them to bludgeon everyone else into using it that way.
It is for people who are using a word contrary to its accepted definition to avoid that usage outside their subgroup, not for the rest of the world to conform to their idiomatic usage.
(Of course, if the powers that be want to define this forum as a technical engineering forum, that is their prerogative, and in that instance there is a case to be made for restricted, idiomatic, usage. However, as the vast majority of members are not railway engineers, that would be a very odd move).
Could a mod perhaps split this rather ridiculous discussion and bung it somewhere else?