I just found your argument a little disingenuous, that's all. But your above "explanation" is fairly well done. But in reply, I'd say that your machine won't work very well if you install the parts incorrectly, even if you used the correct fasteners. Your machine can evolve over time and incorporate new parts... but you probably shouldn't take existing parts and reuse them in ways other than they were intended to be used, because if you do that too often, your machine begins to run poorly... or break down altogether. The right parts, used correctly, along with the addition of new parts as necessary, along with the right fasteners, used correctly, equals a well-functioning machine.
Just to play devil's advocate here... So you're ok with using words incorrectly, as it's just the "evolution" of the language? But incorrect punctuation, spelling, and grammar bothers you? Why? Wouldn't incorrect punctuation, spelling, and grammar just be another part of the "evolution" of the language, as using words incorrectly apparently is? Hmmmmm....
I agree that language evolves constantly; some words disappear, some new words appear. But there has to be some sort of "standard," to define what is and what isn't correct word usage, and that's the dictionary. Dictionaries evolve as language evolves... certain words disappear or as labeled "obsolete" in their definitions; new words are added all the time as language evolves. For example, you wouldn't have seen the term "video game" in the dictionary in 1965... new words are always coming into use. When the word "build" is defined in the dictionary as a synonym for "scale model car," that's when it becomes "correct" usage. Until then, it's incorrect. Maybe "accepted." Maybe common. But technically not correct. That's all I'm saying.
I didn't say that I was the one who decided it's not correct. The dictionary is what I was referencing. And as far as I know, the dictionary is the arbiter of correct word usage, not you and not me. You can use words any way you want; I'm not the "word police." All I was saying is that I agree with Drew... referring to a scale model as a "build" is incorrect, no matter how many people do it. You can do it if you want to, everybody can do it if they want to... but it's still wrong. And that has nothing to do with being grumpy or pedantic... it has to do with the dictionary definition of the word. If you want to call a model car a "build" go right ahead. "I could care less"...
The "pedantic, grumpy old guys" I referenced was the dictionary. Just because some guys use the word incorrectly doesn't make it correct. Drew is correct when he says using the word "build" as a noun in reference to a model car is incorrect. It may be "accepted" by some, but it's not correct.
None of which applies to a scale model... noun 9. the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build. 10. the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build. 11. Computers. 1. a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released. 2. the process of producing a software build. 3. a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data. 12. Masonry. 1. a vertical joint. 2. the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
Another great childhood memory... (man, I love this thread!)... My mom would do her grocery shopping every Saturday morning, and of course she dragged me along. Sometimes, if she was feeling generous (or if I had behaved myself in the stores), she would buy me lunch at Phil's, which was one of those hot dog joints that were scattered all over the city. The place was tiny... on one side was the hot dog counter and cash register, and on the opposite wall there was a counter that ran all along the wall from front door to the back wall where you could stand and eat (no seating in the place!). This place sold just hot dogs, fries, and Cokes. No burgers, no beefs... just dogs. In case any of you are unfamiliar with a "Chicago-style" hot dog, this is what I'm talking about:
No ketchup on a Chicago dog. Ever! Ketchup was for the fries! Anyway, Phil was a master hot dog builder. He would grab a steamed bun, flip open the lid on the hot dog container and pluck one out and slam it onto the bun... slam the hot dog lid shut... whip open the mustard lid... spoon the mustard on the dog, slam the lid shut... whip open the relish lid, spoon on the relish, slam the lid shut... whip open the onion lid, spoon on the onions, slam the lid shut, etc. You get the idea. He would start at the beginning of the counter (the buns) and work his way down through all the ingredients so fast, it was amazing! He could build a Chicago dog in like 10 seconds start to finish! Obviously he didn't have to go that fast... I think he just liked to show off! Man, those hot dogs were so freakin' good! Getting one of those hot dogs and fries for lunch made my mom's whole "drag me from one store to the next store" Saturday morning ritual worth it!