So... perhaps given our surging presence in the mandolin world we can address my own pet peeve... naming. No, not the historically-correct nomenclature that Alex champions (worthy though it is) but the simple psuedo-derogatory name bowl-back (and all of its warped varieties... hump-back, melon-back, beatle-back, etc.).
I would much prefer to see our rotund little instruments refered to as what they are, simply mandolins. After all, they and their ancestors clearly are the most historically-deserving of the title. Perhaps I tilt at windmills...
Have a great weekend everyone.
"The effect is pretty at first... It is disquieting to find that there are nineteen people in England who can play the mandolin; and I sincerely hope the number may not increase."
- George Bernard Shaw, Times of London, December 12, 1893