The terms used on this site are sometimes non-standard. The reason is that, in the opinion of the author, the alternative terms do a slightly better job at what terms are supposed to do - communicate ideas as clearly, simply, and accurately as possible, without ambiguity. In addition, the target audience for this site are those unfamiliar with special relativity, not experienced physicists.
Language can be enormously confusing when it is used to discuss relativity, because words and even grammar often introduce physical assumptions into what we say with such subtlety that we fail to realize that the assumptions are present.
...misunderstanding is continually generated by commonplace, incorrect notions that are often implicit in the very language we use (a pre-relativistic structure) and are therefore particularly difficult to recognize.
This term is used nowhere on this site. It's much too ambiguous and should be abandoned. It connotes a single entity or person, when it often should connote just the opposite. If used indiscriminately, it can conflate two ideas that need to be separate: the idea of a grid of multiple sensors, and the idea of a single sensor viewing its past light cone. The idea of a grid (frame of reference) is of fundamental importance, and needs to be absolutely clear, with no fuzziness or ambiguity.
The terms history and world-line are synonymous. The term history is preferred here because:
The term grid (or sometimes sensor grid) is used here instead of frame of reference. Reasons:
Rules of Physics
Here, the more conservative term rules of physics is used instead of laws of physics. Reasons:
The term speed limit is almost always used instead of speed of light. The speed limit c is the speed of any massless particle - photons, massless neutrinos, and gravitons. It isn't solely the speed of photons. The most important thing about c is that it's a speed limit for all signals, not just for light. Referring to this fundamental entity as the speed of light is a historical accident, and, in the opinion of the author, probably a bad habit that reduces understanding of the physics.
Principle of Relativity
Somewhat strangely, this term is ignored here. There are various versions of it, as typically defined:
Secondly, as used by some authors, the term often mixes two separate ideas that are best kept separate:
Clock and Sensor
The word clock is used on this site. But the word sensor is often used instead, because sensors can do more than clocks:
Surfaces of constant s2 with respect to an event trace out a hyperbola (or hyperboloid of revolution) in space-time. Like the light cone, this is an important idea, and it appears repeatedly. It deserves its own term. Instead of referring to it as the hyperbola of constant s2, this site calls it the interval shell, or simply shell for short.
This term is used instead of Lorentz transformation. Reasons:
This term is completely avoided here. The mass is treated as an invariant quantity.
This term is avoided here. Careful authors use the term apparent superluminal motion. But some authors aren't so careful, and truncate this to just superluminal motion. Consequently, people think that the speed limit rule is being violated, when of course it isn't.