I don’t think so, mainly because it is being used as a shibboleth. Most gunnies know that when they hear someone say “clip” when they are talking about magazines, this person can be safely ignored. That alone will keep the distinction in place.
This misuse may be due to the negative association of “magazine” with Time and Newsweek, which frankly make me nauseous. Certainly most here will have seen the recent study showing the nauseous to neauseated process that proves one’s degree of empathy. Only a sociopath wouldn’t puke, experts say. All the same.
There’s an amusing literary aside about how long it took Jorge Luis Borges to use the word “crapulous.” In Latin it means “hung over”; he saw a distinction there.
Anyone remember “obnoxed”? That one really got to me.
Obnoxed is a good one; I’ve never encountered it. I think I shall enjoy using it. I satisfy the diagnosis of sociopath and puke once in a while, but I think it’s mostly my stomach acting up.
I’m trying to teach my fiancee right, being, in addition to a sociopath, somewhat autistic, or at least CDO (that’s like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order like they should be). The word “clip” has already been used and means something somewhat different. I kind of favor one word per concept. The word “tack” drives me to distraction.
I fear the language will continue to deteriorate as the population gives up reading books in favor of using computers. Without examples of really good writing, our young people will learn grammar and usage from their peers – and we see how well that has worked with sex and economics.
My personal favorite is “decimate.” Anyone with a passing familiarity with language will recognize the root and realize it means “reduce by ten percent.” But over the weekend our President joined the throng and used the word to mean “devastated.”
I don’t like our chances.
Everything old is new again. Now that there are a fair number of gun rags from the fifties and sixties available in pdf format it’s interesting to go back and note that any sort of removable magazine was invariably referred to as a “clip” by the experts. The capacity of repeating long guns was phrased, “The [firearm] holds [X] rounds.” The term “magazine” was rarely used for anything save reference to the publications themselves.