The question: Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route [closed] was closed as off-topic. I can't figure out why.

I know an (unfortunate) edit to the question indicated naming of programming terms (known off-topic) but the question has a real answer without neologism or variable naming.

I realize the question is a year old, but I want to vote to reopen, removing the irrelevant part about naming programming (wasn't part of the ORIGINAL unedited question.)

As an aside, I'm struggling with the difference between programming naming and the general gist of Single Word Requests or phrasing that would be otherwise acceptable, even if oh, by the way, this is being used for programming.

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    I've voted to reopen. Unless I've completely misunderstood the question, terminus doesn't suit because it implies an end point (and it's feasible in OP's contexts some locations might in fact be be "departure only"). And leg doesn't work because that describes a [sub-] journey passing between two points (not at all the same thing as the collective term for all such points). I think the ban on asking for program variable names applies if that's the only reason, so if that aspect can (even just "in principle", not "actually") be removed, it doesn't justify a CV. Nov 25, 2014 at 13:19
  • But endpoint or waypoint is a valid answer to the question and IMO is a good question for this site.
    – SrJoven
    Nov 25, 2014 at 14:50
  • @SrJoven: I've no idea what if any English term could be a hypernym of both journey start and end points. For many years I produced applications for public transport providers, in which context people use reference points and timing points (and sometimes way-points, but they're more AmE to me). But whereas any such "point" could be the start or end point for any individual passenger's travel, most of them wouldn't be the start or end of the "containing" journey from the viewpoint of the driver (or more precisely, vehicle, since driver might change "mid-trip"). Nov 25, 2014 at 17:04
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    @FumbleFingers an end is an end, in geometry, especially. There is no start unless it's a vector. Point A or Point B, they're at opposite ends of the journey.
    – SrJoven
    Nov 25, 2014 at 17:22
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    @SrJoven: Well, let's not get bogged down in comments about possible answers to the question. The point (sorry! :) of this Meta question is whether that question on the main site should be/remain closed - and if so, on what grounds. Nov 25, 2014 at 17:30
  • @FumbleFingers I see you didn’t read the Foundation trilogy.
    – tchrist Mod
    Dec 5, 2014 at 4:21


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