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Well I am all for more educated audiophiles, and Ethan you are to be commended for you do plenty toward that end. You do it very well. I send lots of folks to some of your web content for what they can learn.
On the other hand I do think asking most to know 5% 3rd harmonic a bit much to expect in general. Subjective descriptions usually aren't and need not be lab measurement precise in general discussion. Yes, the general audio press has gotten too cute by half with their flowery language. Take something like metallic sounding. Pretty easy to know generally what is meant, just think crashing pots and pans in the kitchen. Glassy as well, when I heard glassy sound it reminded me of ringing clanking glass some way without much effort. I also find using that description will get people who read it in ballpark as to what one could be hearing. Warm and bright are two other terms that seem to naturally come to people without much education. Certainly one can go astray trying to be too precise with such descriptions such that they don't really communicate much.