WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy has submitted a ticket to make a change on the WordPress hosting page:
I would like to update the final sentence in the second paragraph.
If you don’t need the flexibility of a full web host, you may consider getting a free blog on WordPress.com.
should be updated to read
If you need expert support, and a powerful hosting platform that grows with you, WordPress.com is the easiest way to create a free website or blog.
What Josepha proposes is factually correct, but it is a significant shift to call WordPress.com a host when it certainly does not offer the full capacity of traditional WordPress hosts and a self-hosted WordPress site. Also, this verbiage appears on the .org side of things. The hosting page has a history of a lot of drama, but I think this wording is both interesting and perhaps worthy of further conversation.