Dictionaries and definitions are based on how terms are used, so if many people say they're the same thing, they are the same thing*ONLY* to the ignorantNo - usage drives definitions.When a dictionary writes/updates a word's definition it is describing how the word is used - NOT how some people think it should be used.There are many words that have multiple definitions - some even contradictory - because that is how the words are used in real life.An example you might be familiar with is "realtor" - it has two definitions:www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/realtor(US)®1> a real estate broker or appraiser who is a member of the National Association of Realtorsnoun2> ([r-]) a real estate agentLegally it's #1 - but many people talk about any RE agent as a "realtor", whether they are a member of the NAR or not.An example that is usually more appropriate for programmers would be definitions 3a and 3b of hacker http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/hacker(Many people who were early creators/adopters of the term in computer parlance used it in meaning 3a, and strongly disagreed with 3b being an appropriate definition - yet it has by usage become defined as 3b as well.The term 'loan officer' describes a subset of both loan brokers and retail lenders, I believe you meant to say a superset of ...
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