I understand your points.
Besides me, there are few more of us out there call it as "compression".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQuuhEKN-g (@ 6:03 to 6:05)
And that makes it correct? I don't see the smug satisfaction in refusing education and reveling in repeating inaccurate statements from self taught YouTube experts. But hey, have at it.........
This conversation is starting to piss me off...
When I was 19 I was "dating" this really hot dumb blonde girl... and I mentioned to her grandfather that we were off to play some billiards... and he indicated that billiards is specifically in reference to a table with no holes...
Per the dictionary, yes, the billiard table does not have any pockets... BUT the world's vernacular has morphed into billiards meaning what we call pool/8 ball etc.
You may be technically right, but it doesn't mean that the world isn't leaving you behind.
And far be it for me to piss you off, I am so sorry.
There is a big difference between language morphing and uneducated dumbing down, please forgive me for trying to accept the former whilst holding firm against the latter, but like I say, if it makes you happy have at it. I can understand people not knowing, I can't understand people refusing to learn.
I have been doing this photography gig for over thirty years, I still learn stuff here from other members and pretty much every week out in the field. I find learning stimulating and exciting, I don't rail against it, and, on the occasions my experience and education have been found wanting and have made mistakes I invariably apologize, not that I want or expect anything back, but why the hostility to a simple, accurate, correction.
For years I fought against the "pixels on duck" meme, pointing out that the theories just don't pan out in the real world, now those observations of mine are being accepted as closer to the truth, was I wrong to stand my ground? There are too many "teachers", pontificators, and theoretical adherents, it causes confusion especially when there is already 100% accepted terminology for the false observations that they believe they are seeing.
Lenses do not cause compression, that is just a fact.
I have posted this illustration many times in similar discussions, one is with a 200mm lens and one is with a 17mm lens, shot from the same place the "compression" which everybody with any hint of a photography education knows as perspective, is the same.
Lens compression is a bullshit term used by people who don't know what they are talking about to describe a phenomena that visual artists have well understood for hundreds of years and is universally called perspective.