Hovering any icon in max will give you a descriptive label for what it represents.
I'm not gonna suggest that you are brain damaged, but perhaps you are brain damaged and have issues associating icons with labels due to impared attention span.
Since you're a newbie who only been around for seven years you're probably really talking about how they've failed to integrate the graphite tools with the rest of the UI.
The ribbon is admittedly a messy eyesore. I can see people picking up max today becomming confused how the mesh tools seemingly live in two different spaces.