Take it from TTAG registered contributor #1218: it’s easy to fall off the tracks around here. And it’s kinda like listening to Dennis Miller—eventually I end up in the dictionary. Thanks to TTAG, I’ve been forced (forced I tell you) to learn a lot in the last year. Ruger review-turned-toxicology lesson. A simple picture turns into a Civil War/Slavery debate. Gun Control baiting. And then there’s semantics . . .
“I heard a magazine article that said I could buy a clip for my Glock that held 30 bullets.” A talking periodical! A Glock that accepts clips! Cartridge-less bullets! Did I just hear somebody have an aneurism?
mikeb302000: Clip! Clip! Clip! Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means. Vizzini: Inconceivable.
Just to be clear [via Wikipedia]:
A magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm. Magazines may be integral to the firearm (fixed) or removable (detachable). The magazine functions by moving the cartridges stored in the magazine into a position where they may be loaded into the chamber by the action of the firearm.
If you’re going to get all butt-hurt when clip is used synonymously with magazine, do me a favor and tear a page out of Magoo’s book: get pissed when “bullet” is used improperly. Guns fire bullets. The business end of a cartridge is the bullet. Clips and magazines hold cartridges. Cartridge in, bullet out.
The bottom line: “clip” will continue to be misused, intentionally or not, and we should get over it. Same with the bullet thing. As pre-Glock Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, “For a large class of cases — though not for all — in which we employ the word ‘meaning’ it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.”
Enough of the snippy talk, now get back to commenting. I need the education.