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I want to know how the Standard Model theory got such "generic" name.

(I've made this question in Physics StackExchange, but it was considered off-topic, and someone suggested to reask it here.)

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A simple web search should yield the answer in under 60 seconds... –  Eugene Seidel Jun 28 '13 at 19:57
I disagree with @EugeneSeidel: For a term that is used that much both in the academic literature and the popular press it seems to be remarkably hard to find a/the canonical reference for citation. –  Drux Jun 28 '13 at 21:49
@EugeneSeidel That's what I though, but I searched for I good ten minutes and didn't find anything. –  American Luke Jun 29 '13 at 0:45
O.K., I take it back, it is not easy to find. However, the comment from physicist "Dilaton" on physics.SE is helpful. The Standard Model of particle physics is not the only Standard Model in quantitative disciplines. One might think of it as just a generic way of saying "what (nearly) everyone knows or believes to be true, based on solid mathematical reasoning and experimental confirmation or (e.g., for astronomy) observational evidence". (Though sometimes, the experimental confirmation takes a while to catch up to the reasoning.) –  Eugene Seidel Jun 29 '13 at 6:27
[continued from above] Thus "Standard Model" for the three generations of elementary particles (fermions, bosons) was not a "name" coined by anyone in particular. That would explain why the question is so un-interesting to physicists that no one bothers to address this matter. It might be more interesting to ask why of all the standard models, this is the only one to appear without qualifications. And that might lead to a sociological investigation of the elevated status accorded to high-energy theoretical physics beginning around mid-20th century. –  Eugene Seidel Jun 29 '13 at 6:29
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I believe the long history of building a comprehensive model of sub-atomic matter, all successively named, simply resulted in physicists running out of names after Quantum Electrodynamics (aka QED) was no longer descriptive. Everyone just got tired of coining new names as the theory really stabilized and gained acceptances as The Standard odel.

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