Numismatics tends to be a very narrow discipline with its own words and language, things which tend to be used only within the Hobby by collectors, dealers and others who interact with them. As a result, the things we say and the words we use to describe what we do often puzzle people. Those words are often sort of "antiquated" but to us they are very familiar and useful. Heck, we even have our own Glossary so that WE know what we're taking about!! It makes me think of George Carlin who seemed fascinated by linguistics and the evolution of the "American" language. He was a genius in that regard and no doubt could have had fun with us. George might have made for a good keynote speaker at an ANA Convention Dinner.
The thing that catches my attention is how words and phrases come into common, everyday use. You might understand that if you've read some of my posts, but maybe not. I've railed against the word "impact" and its recent use as a Verb, convinced it's because people get confused with how/when to use affect and effect. I even get confused myself, but I digress. There are other words which seem to come into use, have a brief and exciting life before becoming pedestrian. Lately I have noticed them being used in our Hobby and I'm struck that its because of the COVID-19 lockdown. We're spending more time in isolation and seem to be influenced by what we here on television, Hollywood and from the media.
Their words can creep into out us and become our words when we come to the forum or just discuss coins with other dealers and collectors. I wonder if I'm alone in noticing this??? My latest Carlin-esque mental hotfoot is the word backstory. I think it gets used out of convenience and because it's been heard enough times, but a backstory sort of relates to fiction and not the true History of our coins and medals. There are others, but that's at the top of my current list.
If you've been active in the Hobby of Kings for an extended period of time can you think of any words which have crept in from popular culture, words that sort of seem out of place here??