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I Have No Problem With Abandoning Jargon

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Posted by Jon Voisey on December 16, 2004 05:27:22 UTC

However, when someone tries to use it to make himself sound more "official" and then ends up using it completely wrong, I will fault them for that. If you're going to use a word, know what it means.

Lots of people are guilty of such things. I grade papers for an astronomy course at my college. One of the assignments was to plan a mission to Jupiter. One group included a gamma ray spectrometer. However, from their paper, I got the distinct impression they had no idea what a gamma ray spectrometer did.

So in short, if you're going to use big words, know what they mean.

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