[Taxacom] a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, .... "taxonomy" among the worst horrors.

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at uwosh.edu
Wed Mar 18 10:57:07 CDT 2009

At 09:36 AM 3/18/2009, Karl Magnacca wrote:
>... as well as this gem:
>"This paper seeks to place selected new models of municipal service
>delivery in New South Wales in the analytical context of the taxonomy of
>alternative generic models and then assess their main characteristics as
>well as their ability to meet the needs of rural constituents."

You know what they say: "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 
'em with ... er, 'bovine waste product' ..."

I suppose the problem is that some disciplines that really require a higher 
intellect to master (e.g., higher mathematics) require highly specialized 
language to express.  Therefore, the assumption is that if a thing 
represents something intelligent, it must be expressed in high-falutin' words.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

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Department of Biology and Microbiology
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