TonyE, on 14 November 2006 - 10:38 AM, said:
Also, it is a common misconception that the "Short" in the title refers to the magazine rather than the rifle, but look at the punctuation in the title. Alternatively, remember that military nomenclature always puts the most important noun first, followed by the adjectives in order of decreasing importance, as in "Pots, chamber, china, Admirals" (Genuine, look in List of Changes)
Yes, and many WW1 writers (Hesketh Prichard for example) would refer to the weapon as 'RSMLE' for 'Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield'. It's an interesting linguistic phenomenon that military nomencalture classifies the contents of the universe from the most general categories downwards, whereas 'common parlance' does the opposite, and I've often idly wondered why this is so.