Under another entry someone brought up the question of what to call the older form of Mass.
I guess by now regular readers here are used to seeing me write "the older form of Mass". I am comfortable with that for the most part, though I vary from time time how I describe it.
Here is the comment from that other entry with my emphases and commments.
Apologies if this question has already been addressed on a previous post, but how do we best describe the two forms of Mass in the Roman rite ? [I don’t know. And we don’t have to chose only one way, either. I will rate these, on pure impulse on a scale of 1-10 (1 being wretched and to be shunned and 10 being music to my ears.]
I find "forma ordinaria" and "forma extraordinaria" a bit of a mouthful. [6 – yah… even in English this is a bit much.]
Equally, I can’t bring myself to talk about the Pauline and Johannine Missals. [5 – though it could be fun to use "Iohannine" once in a while, in a closed circle of the well-informed, just to tweak any claim that life really began with Pope John XXIII.]
The "Tridentine" Mass is very coomonly used, but is misleading. [6 – Misleading, but now so common that it instantly gets the point across.]
Here in England, some people refer to the "immemorial" Mass, or Mass "of all time". [1 or even – 1 – To much like drowning in syrup for me.]
Otherwise, the Traditional Mass. [3 – ho hum]
But what about "vetus ordo" (as opposed to "novus ordo") ? [6 – Vetus could be clever and fun in the right circles. It also harks to my use of "older form" and "newer form", though on a somewhat limited scale. Not a lot of people are going to know that vetus means "old".]
"Usus antiquor" seems to be the preferred terminology, but in that case what do you call the modern Mass ? [6 – You would say usus recentior, I suppose. See my statement above.]
The "classical" rite can’t be correct, in my opinion, because it’s not "classical" (which to me means ancient Greece and ancient Rome), and it’s not strictly a "rite" : [4 – Nah… doesn’t do it for me at all.]
There is also "pre-Conciliar"  and "Mass of Pius V"  and "the Latin Mass" [ARRGH… – 5] and "the true Mass" .
I think we should vary our language a little.
For the time being, I will probably stick closely to the "older form" and the "newer form"