It might be an American thing but it makes not logical sense to me.
That’s a feature, not a bug. Robert Graves some decades ago discussed out the partitioning of information in the west (you’re a biologist, you’re a mathematician, you’re an economist, you’re a psychologist, etc) was turning us all into educated idiots. We know our FIELDS, but we haven’t a clue as to who how other fields, which may be related to ours, operate.
The most vigorous intellectual objections to climate change science, for example, do not come from climatologists; they come from statisticians, who basically point out that the climate change scientists can’t do math.
And if you make a dish with lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage and turnip; then you cannot call it solyanka because it is Irish Stew.
You’re getting the point. In the West, it would be billed as Solyanka/Irish Fusion. :-)
We have names for things because that is what us allows us to know what things are. If we could just decide what we “define” everything as based on our own preferences, then we could never communicate.
Agreed. But historically, what political group does manipulation of language semantics favor?