Monday, September 03, 2012

B - Science writers should not fear jargon

Quirk T. Writers should not fear jargon. Nature 2012;487:407

Specialized terms capture the complexity and specificity of scientific concepts. The truth tends to be complicated, and jargon offers its most obvious peek: compression. Researchers use complex language for a specific purpose, and science writers should be clear about what those reasons are. The author, a science writer, offers examples of what can be lost when jargon is not used. He believes that people seem to resent not just specialized language, but any language that requires a large degree of labour to understand, appreciate and use.
http://www.nature.com/news/writers-should-not-fear-jargon-1.11054

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