I noticed a Mazda CX-5 in traffic today. I noticed it because of the name. What is a CX-5? Is that a name that you remember? I have a Honda CR-Z and a Yamaha FZ-8. Whole my husband has a Toyota Sequoia and a Suzuki V-Strom. I've always wondered in that idle way where you don't care enough to look deeply into the question what made some cars get named alphabet and/or numeric soup and others a word for their name. It turns out, after a bit of time on google that it is a mixture of marketing and word choices.
Eve has empire space and everything else. Save for Thera and Poitot, Eve tends to leave Empire space to have word names. Null sec has alphabet and letter soup and wormholes J numbers. I struggle with null sec names. I listen to people go on about a timer at DASDA492 and a battle at 24GD52 with a supple ease. I on the other hand am always stuck in null trying to remember if they said CDS or 3AD or TZ3? Ugh.
I'm a visual type of person. I can read a map but I'll use landmarks as well. I tend to store enough in my short term memory to allow me to recognize something latter. I just can't remember what mix of letters and numbers means what.
Empire space is far from perfect. Outside of amazing systems like Cat most of Eve's map is a conglomeration of horror for me. I cannot pronounce a damn thing. As I stumble and trip and insert extra letters I find myself wistful for a bit more lingual ability. However, I can recognize system names well enough. I can't spell them but the words, despite my failure at saying them, anchor me better. Of course there is the other issue of crazy wormhole people naming their wormholes and expecting everyone to know what they are talking about...
It is one of those things that is so clear and sensible to me and when I have complained about it I get funny looks. It probably falls into the same murky fog of war that fleet doctrine names do for me. I have this stupid, stupid idea that a fleet would be named 'shield artillery jaguars' or 'armor artillery machairels' or nano hurricanes (hahhahahah not really anymore ahh the pain the pain... gimmie a minute to weep). That seems to be a silly thought on my part. For some reason Mac&Cheese fits and SongCat Fleets make more sense.
I have to admit, I'm firmly on the side of names and informative descriptions.