The reason I do find the term ''toy'' distasteful is that it aids in lessening the level at which this hobby is seen by the public, and degrades what we do. If you are happy to have a lesser view of this hobby out in the general public, then more power to ya - me, I'll chose to push this hobby in a way where we are seen positively by as many people as possible, and if that means choosing descriptive terms carefully, then that is what I will do!
As for giving others credit, I'll continue to let others stand on their own merit, as I always do. We seem to forget at times that 'credit' and respect are things that should be earned, they are by no means a god given right.
Back to the point, as for the level at which we operate in this hobby, never as a 5yo kid did i have to get a license attaining to my skill set level and general knowledge of the wooden plane I played with before I could run around my yard with it going ''Weeeeeeeeee'' ......... as that was just a toy aircraft - end of story.
As an adult, I am required to sit a test as to demonstrate my knowledge of the electronic equipment in my aircraft, I am meant to have demonstrated proficiency skills in my ability to fly my RC model aircraft, as well as rules and regulations attaining to runway use etc etc, all before I can legally go and fly my model aircraft in a solo situation at my local club. I refuse to accept that these aircraft we fly are toys, as the use of ''toys'' by their owners are generally not governed so tightly.
At the end of the day, we will all view our aircraft in differing ways, and odds on no-one will change their view regardless of how many posts the other side puts up, as our opinions are personal and they are strong with each of us. As one of the moderators said, I'm really amazed that this thread (as well as my own interest in it for that matter) has lasted so long, so after saying all I needed to say, I think I'll go and do something productive now.