As a geek, misidentifying electronics and computers or computer components really jerks your subconscious. Repairing computers on a daily basis, I often receive three or more calls before I plan to wake up. (Not the most pleasant alarm clock, but it works and I pull it together so nobody knows I was asleepzing) I run across all walks of life. Those that know more than me (usually Windorks), those that think they know a lot, and those that don't know a thing except that they don't know a thing. The ways I approach each vary. Brains tend to want to impress or condescend due to their knowing all and never doing wrong almighty status. They will ask redundant questions, such as asking for cache size, bus speed, or memory latency... The only dissimilarity I encounter is often with synonyms and pronunciation. FireWire vs. i394, SATA with a long or short A, IDE vs. PATA etc. Know-it-Alls will almost never falter or will correct their self inconspicuously. For instance, they will say with all confidence that their memory needs to be formatted. I would respond saying that I can indeed, "wipe the hard drive" and they will continue, "yes, just format the hard drive." or "yes, wipe the memory." Though some will simply argue. I told a client that I had dusted off the fan in their Bondi iMac and they insisted without end that the iMac didn't have a fan inside it and that I was "full of ****". The average person doesn't know the number of elfs in a modern computer and could care less. I never confront somebody about the terminology, but I do not repeat their mistake. One person might ask that their "modem won't boot" and I would reply, "can you bring the tower to have it looked at?" and simply understand that when they say modem they mean tower and leave it at that. So, without demeaning or insulting any person, directly or indirectly, what are your favorite misnomers that you've encountered? Remember that most of the people you run into do not know nor care to know what's inside their computer and are simply unimportant to them. I get: Modem, hard drive, router, CPU, processor and motherboard for a computer tower. (I asked for a hard drive at Staples and was lead to the row of towers) iMac, Mac Apple, MacBook and Macintosh for Mac. (Surprisingly, a lot of people need technical support for their iMac PowerBook or Mac Pro G5.) Memory for hard drive. Zip drive for thumb drives. iTouch for iPod Touch. Wordy box for monitor. iPhone 4G for iPhone 4. Server for modem or router.