Andy, I said in most areas class E starts at 1200 AGL. In the lower 48 less than 25% of the class E airspace starts at 700 AGL or below. That means more than 75% starts at 1200 AGL or above. I think 75% would count as most areas.
I don't really care how many people you know who casually misuse the term "controlled airspace". There are a far greater number who don't know that the term is being misused, like the poster who brought the subject up. The misuse of the term only goes to reinforce the misuse of the term for those who don't know better.
Just like "most" controlled airspace is A,B,C, or restricted. Funny you care that you capture all controlled airspace in your terms, but not about capturing all uncontrolled airspace in your terms. A little consistency would be nice here if you are going to argue for accuracy.
Well, you don't care about what I think I know, and I don't care about what you think you know. So we'll call that a wash. All I said that started this shitstorm is that if you use the term "controlled airspace" in the "incorrect" way described in casual conversation, you are unlikely to encounter a pilot who does not understand exactly what you mean. I did not advocate the use of the terminology, I merely commented that you are unlikely to be misunderstood and it's very common.
That caused a crazy amount of hand-wringing and wailing about how wrong I am. I stand by my statements, and I think if you deny that you'd be understood you are being a bit disingenuous. If you want to alienate every pilot or aspiring pilot you meet by correcting their unforgivable sin of misusing a term at any opportunity, be my guest. But then don't have the balls to complain about how general aviation is dying and we can't get anybody interested in flying.
I have a friend who uses the non-word "irregardless" all the time. It's a pet peeve of mine. I know that he really means "regardless" and I don't correct him, because I'd rather keep him as a friend than be an ass just to make sure he uses correct vocabulary that doesn't annoy me. If I was giving him a grammar test, I'd correct him. But he's not my student and I'm not testing him every time we talk.