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There are two reasons to insist on precise (if arcane) terminology or diction.
One: to facilitate communication between people engaged in a common pursuit, minimizing confusion or error. This is important when safety is involved or the pursuit entails careful delineation of items or fine conceptual gradation.
Two: to impress, belittle, or bully people with one's superior knowledge or grasp of the jargon. "You call it a pulley, I know it's a sheave, I'm better than you."
I suppose, just occasionally, people may die if a sailor mistakes a pulley for a sheave. But mostly, I suspect those who wave about this kind of techno-purism want to assert their superiority and ownership of the field. Bullpucky. Most sailing terminology developed from pidgin, negotiated between sailors of many languages and traditions. Zarghons (jargons) and arcana are inherently arbitrary, so insisting there is one God-given name for the bits on boats is chauvanistic and stupid. And people who insist on pure, never-changing lexicons l have no understanding how communication between human beings occurs nor how languages evolve.
As long as the right rope (cord, sheet, cable) gets pulled at the right time, the purpose has been served.
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn