All right, so I need a verb for "to make (code) more efficient". I guess that's how people use "optimize", but that rubs me the wrong way, because to me, "optimize" implies "as much as mathematically possible", which I don't necessarily need; I just need it to be more efficient. And I can't accept that the computer science definition of "optimize" is fuzzier than the math definition. No! Me scientist, too!
This must be where jargon comes from. We'd sooner make up a ridiculous new word than use an existing one in a way we don't like.
Also, argh. I could've been done writing this thing fifteen minutes ago if only I didn't care about this crap.