Tying knots and hitches requires the manipulation of rope in a variety of ways. Use these basic terms when describing the process of knot building and avoid getting lost in the language of rope shapes.
Working end: The active end of the rope used to tie the knot.
Bight: Created by grabbing the rope and forming a tight U-turn shape.
Loop: A circle formed in a rope by crossing a bight over itself.
Twist: A loop that is rotated once more.
Standing End: The end of the rope not active in knot tying. A rope system may have multiple standing sections/ends depending on your focus at any given time.