Meh.... All in all, its just another tool in a photographers arsenal. Also, comparing modern AF to AF that most of you would have seen in film cameras is like comparing that old 2 speed slush box auto transmission to a modern 6 (or dare I say 8) speed transmission.
Just one other thing - funny how now that photographers can easily pixel peep, all those lenses that were more then adequate are now back or front focussing...
I haven't heard that term in quite a long time.
I don't buy cars with automatic transmissions, either. In fact, I'm still suspicious of synchromesh.