So, I've established misuse of the term. Exactly what is my point? My point is this...project managers have to ask these kinds of questions. Not necessarily about pirates or scurvy, but they can't take the potential misinformation they're given from what often turns out to be less than reliable sources and run with it. They put their careers, their team's performance and their project's success very much at risk if they don't stop and ask questions. Never take information at face value. If it looks like a dog, smells like a dog and sounds like a dog it's probably a dog - even if the customer insists over and over again that it's a cat.