Rope vs. Line
You might believe our use of the word "rope" to be landlubberly and that "line" is the proper nautical term. Yet Chapman's Nautical Guides — Knots reminds us that "knots are created in rope. Once a piece of rope has been cut, knotted, and put to work, it generally becomes a line." So, before you splice, it's rope; when you're done, it's line.