lol or they could be lazy and trying hard to avoid the real world.
i don't think you can really differentiate between a taught and research ma in that way though, because a taught ma is taught, and a research ma is research-based, but you can be taught research skills and you can research your chosen area in a taught ma. this is why i use "subject specialist" vs. "research training" distinctions. you can get research masters, but they may not be recognised as a research training masters in the eyes of funding bodies, because such masters have to be approved by the funding body first.
gets complicated, doesn't it?
actually, i can't tell if you get it or not! the research training masters isn't optional if you want funding, but you may not know exactly what you want to do for your phd, which is why a subject specialist masters is needed.
im confused now. are you confused, or am i?