"While true, does it actually achieve anything though? You say it's misleading, but i've never met anyone who thought it meant anything other than the obvious."
While that is your experience to date there could easily be an argument at your course any time.
A sees B preferring a lie from fairway to rough. A thinks it is crook. A tackles B on it then or stews on it and brings it up later.
All unnecessary angst.
The Committee can find itself embroiled, too.
If you get on the Match Committee (maybe you are?) you find it is better to be careful with detail in all aspects of running the Competitions. That includes Local Rules. Conditions of Competition are extremely important.
If you are not thorough and do not pay attention to detail you can get into some very unpleasant situations.