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->'''Soap:''' What sort of pub is this then?\\
'''Barkeep:''' It's a Samoan pub.\\
'''Bacon:''' ...What's that?\\
'''Barkeep:''' It's a cocktail. You asked for a cocktail.\\
'''Bacon:''' No, I asked you to give me a ''refreshing drink''. I wasn't expecting a fucking rainforest. You could fall in love with an orangutan in that.\\
'''Barkeep:''' You want a pint, go to the pub.\\
'''Bacon:''' ''({{Beat}})'' ...I thought this ''was'' a pub.\\
'''Barkeep:''' It's a ''Samoan pub''.
-->-- ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''

''[[DescribeTopicHere Hey, we aren't "describing" Insistent Terminology, we are "articulating" it!]]''

A character constantly corrects a word ([[SelfDemonstratingArticle fine, if you say it's called a]] ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle term]]'', [[SelfDemonstratingArticle then it's called a]] ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle term]]'') used in their introduction or any speech that otherwise refers to them, but never seems to stop (all right, ''keep'') anyone else from using it. Sometimes this is because they could be called something people see as unflattering or a poor choice of words.

Occasionally this extends into a [[IAmNotWeasel species joke]], where an alien or funny animal corrects others about some stereotypical aspect. Can also be done with an [[MistakenNationality ethnic joke]] where the person has to correct others about some stereotypical aspect of nationality.

Subtropes to this are as follows:
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Character insists on a synonymous term.
** BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Character insists on a euphemism to cover up a negative reality.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Character insists on calling something by a more "dignified" term.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: ''The'' character insists on an article to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast impress]].
* IAmBigBoned: Character insists their weight problem comes from an uncontrollable source.
* NotUsingTheZWord: ''Usually'' a meta-example, because the work itself refuses to use a colloquial term.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: The distinction between art and porn is debated.

Compare/Contrast with SheIsNotMyGirlfriend (character insists a romance does not exist, sometimes an overlap when "friend" is substituted), DoNotCallMePaul (character has a name they ''do not'' wish to be known by), BlatantLies (character insists to make an affirmation that obviously isn't real), DontCallMeSir (character insists another not be formal), TheyCallMeMisterTibbs (character insists another uses a formal/informal title in conversation), and ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (character wishes to class up something by "pronouncing it poshly", overlaps if they ''insist'' on their pronunciation).
!!Example Subpages:

* InsistentTerminology/AnimeAndManga
* InsistentTerminology/ComicBooks
* InsistentTerminology/FanWorks
* [[InsistentTerminology/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
* [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* InsistentTerminology/{{Literature}}
* InsistentTerminology/LiveActionTV
* InsistentTerminology/{{Music}}
* InsistentTerminology/MythsAndReligion
* InsistentTerminology/ProWrestling
* InsistentTerminology/VideoGames
* InsistentTerminology/WebComics
* InsistentTerminology/WebOriginal
* InsistentTerminology/WesternAnimation
* InsistentTerminology/RealLife
!!Other Examples:


* An Advertising/MAndMs ad featured a PSA on how people insist what their jobs should be called:
-->'''Girl:''' I'm not a babysitter; I'm a domestic caregiver.\\
'''Man:''' I'm not a clown; I'm a child entertainer.\\
'''Red:''' I'm not a plain M&M; I am a milk chocolate M&M.
* Pearl Drops isn't a "toothpaste", it's a "tooth polish".

* Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy once ran into a renowned UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} director at a bar, and wondered if he could ask him a question about Bollywood. The director became very angry and said that he considers "Bollywood" an offensive term, and that the proper term is "Indian Cinema". Danny profusely apologized, saying he had no idea, and wondered if he could still ask his question. The director gives him permission, so Danny asks "Why is... '''''Indian Cinema'''''... shit?". Needless to say, the director wasn't any happier now that Danny was using the proper term.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** Opus takes a job as a garbageman, but insists on being called a "waste-management artisan" instead.
** In another strip, he takes a job as a cartoonist, but objects to that term, preferring to be called a "comic artist" or "comic creator". (He settles for "stripper".)
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'':
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-06-29 Booker was afraid he and a worm would fall off a cliff. From that height, the worm believed "'plummet' would be more like it".]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1992-11-21 Whenever it rains, Bo says it's "partly dry"]].
* One ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip where Snoopy's three brothers came to visit him has two examples in one strip, as they are in the waiting room:
-->'''Andy:''' If we're brothers, how come I'm so furry, Spike is so skinny, and Olaf is so fat?\\
'''Spike:''' I'm not skinny, I'm ''trim''!\\
'''Olaf:''' And I'm not fat!\\
'''Spike:''' You're not fat?\\
'''Olaf:''' I'm roly-poly!
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Garfield never forgets. [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/1986/07/30 He just has]] "convenient lapses of memory".
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comic/2009/04/15 Garfield is not lazy, he's "sedentary". "Which is classy lazy".]]
** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2017/10/02 Garfield won't call it laziness]] even if he fails to come up with another way to call it.
-->'''Garfield:''' Some call this laziness. I call it... whatever another word for laziness is.
** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2018/04/18 Garfield says]] "Cats don't scurry. Cats stroll.".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[FanFic/LilyAndTheArtOfBeingSisyphus Wizard Lenin]] asserts on multiple occasions that he has a name. It is Tom Riddle. Or Lord Voldemort if you feel like groveling a bit. But, no, Lily knows that it doesn't fit his sense of gravitas- he is Wizard Lenin and ''Wizard Lenin'' he shall be.
* In ''FanFic/{{Vapors}}'' Aiko Uzumaki refers to Kakashi as "shishou," and ''only'' Kakashi. When Jiraiya tries to make him call her that, she snaps at him and only uses "sensei".
* ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'':
--->'''Chiara:''' I'm not flat! [[ACupAngst Just in development]]!
** And in episode 15...
--->'''Ayameko:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis IT! WASN'T! A! DATE!]] Just a stupid fancy dinner! Nothing else!
* "It's Portunes!" In the ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ASkitteringHeart'' the hero Assault forgets Taylor's cape name (Portunes) when giving a TV interview after meeting her and he calls her Keynote. Everyone subsequently calls Taylor Keynote despite her constant attempts to correct them.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. The episode "Gelatin Swingsets" has a running gag with Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo arguing over the proper shortened form of "gelatin": "jelly" or "jello".
* ''WebVideo/ScootertrixTheAbridged'':
** Rarity always corrects "noodles" to "spaghetti noodles". (In reality, there's no consensus on the distinction between spaghetti and noodles). Spike makes the same correction in episode 13.
** Celestia is very insistent on the correct pronunciation of "Grand Galloping Gala"[[note]] As in the hammiest way possible.[[/note]] (although it's also likely that she's doing it on purpose to mess with Luna).
* In ''Audioplay/TalesOfAJunkTownPonyPeddler'' Prodigious Peddler makes it very clear that his name is "Prodigious Peddler", not "Peddler", and definitely not "Peddles".
* In ''Fanfic/DavionAndDavionDeceased'' the SLDF have a tradition of reacting poorly to anyone copying their Powered Armour. The AFFS programme to develop an armoured combat exoskeleton is therefore designated Battle Armour rather than Powered Armour.

* In one folk tale, it's said that the Chinese used to give extravagant names to their firstborn sons but very plain names to their younger children. So when Chang, the second-born, sees his brother, Tikki-tikki-tembo-no-sa-rembo-chari-bari-ruchi-pip-peri-pembo, fall into the well, he tries to tell his mother... only to be repeatedly told to give his brother the proper respect by saying his name ''properly''. In the aftermath (the kid was alive, but suffered a terrible cold), the Chinese culture changed to where even firstborns had short, sensible names... like Chang.
** "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo" was the first child's name, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki. While claimed to be Chinese, about the only thing anybody agrees on about the tale's origins is the impossibility of it being Chinese.
** In the original version of the story, Tikki-Tikki-Tembo died because his brother kept running out of breath trying to say the absurdly long name and had to start all over again each time he tried to say it.
** It may originate from the Japanese folktale/comedy piece of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jugemu Jugemu]]... short for Jugemu Jugemu Gokō-no surikire Kaijarisuigyo-no Suigyōmatsu Unraimatsu Fūraimatsu Kuunerutokoro-ni Sumutokoro Yaburakōji-no burakōji Paipopaipo Paipo-no-shūringan Shūringan-no Gūrindai Gūrindai-no Ponpokopī-no Ponpokonā-no Chōkyūmei-no Chōsuke.
** The story has been retold numerous times, both by word of mouth and in published form, and has acquired a large number of variations because of it. Versions differ on whether the child lives or dies, and the specific manner in which his rescue is delayed varies as well (though it is always due to multiple repetitions of the very long name). The various names attributed to the unfortunate kid include Nikki Nikki Tembo No So Rembo Oo Ma Moochi Gamma Gamma Goochi, Sticky Sticky Stumbo Nos E Rumbo E Pro Pennyo Hara Bara Brisko Nicky Prom Po Nish No Menyo Dumbricko, and Ikky Bikky Stumbo Nozo Rumbo Addy Baddy Basco Tana Rama Tasco, among others. There are even non-Chinese versions, which in retrospect show their roots a bit, such as "Eddie Coochie Catchie Cama Toka Nera Toka Noka Sama Kama Wacky Brown".

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* On "Rabbit's Happy Birthday Party" from ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'', Pooh and Piglet get lost while trying to get to Rabbit's house. Pooh, however, assures Piglet that they're not lost. They just have no idea where they are.
-->'''Piglet''': (''sighs with relief'') At least we're not lost. ... But, uh, what will we do?

* Mrs. Banting in ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' is ''not'' Ministry's janitor or a charwoman, she's a hygiene operative.
* In the ''Series/CharliesAngels'' episode "Toni's Boys" strip club owner Jade Allen says that Arnie's an exotic dancer and not a stripper when she, Kris and male Angel Bob Sorenson are watching him [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn rehearse]] Kris than agrees that's a better job title:
-->'''Jade:''' Arnie's my class act.\\
'''Kris:''' Yeah, a real Creator/FredAstaire!\\
'''Bob:''' He's a [[ChippendalesDancers male stripper]].\\
'''Jade:''' Er, he prefers to be called an exotic dancer.\\
'''Kris:''' Oh, yes. It's much better.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', despite being for all intents and purposes a House, the term is "''the'' Hazat", not "''House'' Hazat". This originated as an AppropriatedAppellation, with the other Houses not viewing the Hazat as fully worthy of membership, and now lingers as an excuse to start fights, which is [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy something the Hazat]] [[BloodKnight enjoy quite a lot]].
* Rampant in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. First, you have the terminology split between the Council of Nine Traditions and the Technocratic Union -- "Enlightened Science" versus "Magic," "Reality Deviant" versus "Mage," and so on. Then, you get into the hairsplitting between a given Tradition or Convention over specific items -- there are four different terms for Paradox amongst the Technocrats (only Iteration X and the NWO use the same term), each group has its own specific term for an Avatar, and so on.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', some of [[LawfulEvil Asmodeus's]] knights call themselves paladins. Likewise, many paladins across multiple settings refer to themselves as knights, extending to ''[[TabletopGame/{{DungeonsAndDragons}} Dungeons & Dragons]]''. The class that is often attributed to be the representation of a basic knight is internally called a ''cavalier'', even if the term is never used in-setting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** In the prodigious backstory of the game, there was once a great war between the [[ElvesVsDwarves elves and the dwarfs]]. While the war was inevitable due to deep social, economic and cultural differences, an overly arrogant elven king and some too-stubborn dwarf lords, helped with a dark elven FalseFlagOperation, the straw that broke the camel's back was when said elven king had the dwarven emissary to his court ''shaved'' for his own amusement. The subsequent war is known as "[[SeriousBusiness the War of Vengeance]]" to the dwarfs, who do not take kindly to use of the more common elven term, "the War of the Beard".
** Empire wizards who study the Lore of Death are ''not'' BlackMagic users but Amethyst Wizards. This is a very important distinction in a setting where TheDarkSide exists and is a real threat for wizards. Studying actual BlackMagic and {{Necromancy}} inevitably corrupts wizards and drive them to do bad things to humanity at a whole, while Shyish (the Wind of Death) will at worst [[WeAllDieSomeday turn you slightly fatalistic]] and give you a taste for GallowsHumour.

* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': In response to being addressed by his prison number (24601), Valjean says "My ''name'' is Jean Valjean." Conversely, InspectorJavert makes a point of calling Valjean "24601" on several occasions.
* In the musical version of ''Theatre/TheScarletPimpernel'', Englishman Sir Percy Blakeney (a.k.a. the Scarlet Pimpernel) continually refers to his rival, the Frenchman Chauvelin, as "Mr. Shovelin".
* ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'': William Barfée constantly reminds Panch and Peretti that his name is pronounced Bar-''FAY''. There's an acute accent.
* An old Vaudeville joke involves a man who thinks he's found his long-lost friend. The straight man says nothing except "I'm not Rappaport", thereby giving the joke its name. It also inspired a successful play in TheEighties as well as a film starring Walter Matthau.
-->'''Joker:''' Hey, Rappaport! I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?\\
'''Straight man:''' I'm not Rappaport.\\
'''Joker:''' Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short fat guy, and now you're a tall skinny guy.\\
'''Straight man:''' I'm not Rappaport.\\
'''Joker:''' Rappaport, you used to be a young guy with a beard, and now you're an old guy with a mustache.\\
'''Straight man:''' I'm not Rappaport.\\
'''Joker:''' Rappaport, how has this happened? You used to be a cowardly little white guy, and now you're a big imposing black guy.\\
'''Straight man:''' I'm not Rappaport.\\
'''Joker:''' And you changed your name, too!
* This act was then turned on its head by French Canadian absurdist comedy duo ''Les Denis Drolet'', where one of the two would insist the other is named "Jacques" despite the other's protestations that his name is "Jean", and they would argue back and forth like this for a couple minutes until "Jean" finally realizes he'd been mistaken and his name was indeed "Jacques".

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Berix in ''Bionicle: The Legend Reborn'' isn't a thief; he's a "collector"!
** Real-life ''Bionicle'' example, no longer in effect: the Toa carried ''tools'', not ''weapons''. LEGO was very cautious about this, because the word "weapon" apparently carries a less family-friendly meaning. When their violence-policy changed around 2006, it became free to use, and, just as well, the storyline suddenly became a lot more DarkerAndEdgier.
* You don't have ''Legos''; you have ''LEGO® Bricks'' or ''LEGO® toys''. This is a little bit of StuckOnBandAidBrand.
* Toys such as ''Franchise/GIJoe'' and the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', which are marketed for boys, ''are not dolls''. '''They are ACTION FIGURES.''' ''Dolls'' are toys that girls play with, such as ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' or ''Toys/PollyPocket''. The term "action figure" was originally coined to describe the original 12-inch ''GI Joe'' toys. Those, however, actually were dolls. Modern Joe toys and Transformers are totally action figures.
* More specifically, Franchise/{{Transformers}} ''[[NonindicativeName do not transform]]'', and you will get in [[BrandNameTakeover big trouble with Hasbro]] if you say they do. They "Convert" from one mode to another, and the difficulty rating [[NonIndicativeDifficulty theoretically]] measures difficulty of "conversion". The reasoning is if Franchise/{{Transformers}} "transform", then [[BrandNameTakeover "Transformers" is just a generic name for the type of toy they are, and thus cannot be preserved as a trademark.]] But if it "converts", then the generic term for transforming robot action figures is "converters", of which Franchise/{{Transformers}} is one of the most successful brands. This is ignored by the fiction.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Due to Vexusdylan's original channel being inaccessible, ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'', from episode 3 onward, refers to the creator as 'Vexusdylan DA SECOND' (his current account name). This rule is usually enforced by [[PluckyComicRelief Andy]].
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Donut insists that his armor is ''not'' pink; it is ''lightish red''.
--->"They have a word for that. PINK!"
** And Doc isn't a doctor. He's a medic. He doesn't actually heal you; he just makes you more comfortable while you die.
** A much darker example is with [[SociopathicSoldier Locus]], who consistently insists that he is a "[[ConsummateProfessional soldier]]" as he works to eliminate the population of Chorus [[HiredGuns as he was hired to do]]. However, he also shows definite signs of being a ShellShockedVeteran and BrokenBird and reacts [[VillainousBreakdown violently]] when Washington starts to chip away at his reasonings. [[spoiler:[[HiddenDepths It's revealed he did so to cope with the actions and horrors that happened to him during the Great War]], and his partner [[SmugSnake Felix]] fed these ideas to keep him loyal]]. Once he realizes this, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn he betrays Felix]] and becomes TheAtoner]].
* The "Só Levando" series.
** In a season, a hospital was illegally recycling gauze. The employee in charge of collecting the used gauze insisted on describing his job as a "gauze collector" but everybody else called him a garbageman.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Bartholomew Oobleck is to be addressed as ''Doctor'', not Professor. He worked hard for his [=PhD=].
** Neptune's not a nerd, he's an ''intellectual''.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'':
** When dealing with the Emperor, it's never just [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Horus]]; it's always ''Fucking'' Horus. He has good reasons to be mad even to this day, however.
** Marneus Calgar, the Chapter Master of Ultramarines, is not Marneus Calgar -- he's ''[[ShoutOut Papa]]'' ''[[TheSmurfs Smurf]]''.