A strong case can be made against the word mining that Satoshi chose to use for transaction validation / issuance of new bitcoins
To be fair I don't think that Satoshi chose that word. He did
make an anology to gold miners in the paper but the menu option in the client was "generate coins" if I remember correctly. I tried to find the first use of the term "mining" in this question on StackExchange
, feel free to add more info there.
Sorry, that was perhaps a bit off-topic, consider it a friendly bump.