I think about this alot when training new actors and technicians at Midland Community Theatre. Theatrefolk have their own language - of sorts. We use words that are recognizable, but have slightly different meanings to "those in the know" -- if you get my drift. Take the word "strike" -- most folks think of picket lines and negotiations, but in my world it means to "tear down the stage settings and return furniture, props, and costumes to storage areas at the end of a show run" . . . it is sometimes used to indicate an actor should remove an item -- "When you exit (leave the stage), strike (remove) the tray." See?
The point I am trying to make is that we need to be aware of our word choices - especially when recruiting volunteers. Use too many "insider references" and potential helpers are scared away. Take the time to define your terminology when you are leading an orientation. "Actor Call is one hour before Curtain" . . . Actors are expected to arrive and sign in (Call) one hour before the show starts (Curtain). I have even created a hand-out of common terms with definitions that we printed in our program -- very educational. And when you happen to run into a situation where you find some poor soul dragging in a protest sign on the night you're "striking" your set . . . don't give them too hard a time. After all -- they did try to be prepared