>>>"the ambiguity allows the creationists to capitalize on the confusion"
What ambiguity? I'm inclined to think any ambiguity was in your interpretation, and not in my expression. Besides, this person seems to think in huge, sweeping strokes. Big, neatly fitting blocks. In asking me to stop and clarify the terms I'm using, you're asking that I accommodate this person's huge mental blocks. You can't change a stubborn mind by obliging its stubborn views. It's as if I'm addressing someone who thinks in "black" and "white." I've made a strong case for "gray," but you step in to rebuke me for not saying "a mixture of black and white"? That grates on me.
>>>"the name itself implies gradualism, which really is an assumption in the theory supported by various postulated mechanisms"
It's the Darwinian version of Evolution that some do not agree to. But evolutionary theory, in general, is hugely agreed upon by the scientific community. "Gradualism" is as much an accepted fact as gravity.
>>>"any good ideas for a new name?"
During some of those American Revolution reenactments, I've heard some damned fine drumming. Some of that slow snare work is intricate and beautiful, especially when done by someone who can step into and out of the traditional double-stroke roll at the most unexpected moments.
Maybe... MinuteMan? You know,. it's the old double entendre (axions are pretty minute, heh heh)