Episode 37: Shall We Bring Back Some Words?

Last week we talked about words some of us would like to do without. This week we discuss words some of us would like to see more often.

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Links:
“Some words deserve a comeback. Others need to die.”
The complete list of words that deserve wider use at Wayne State University

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One thought on “Episode 37: Shall We Bring Back Some Words?

  1. In the podcast you seem to indicate that the term “metrics” as used by Donald Rumsfeld and others refers primarily to political polling. I believe the term actually suggests units of measurement, especially for complex phenomena not easily quantified. One of Rumsfield’s most quoted uses of the term, for instance, is in the sentence, “[W]e lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror.” I suspect this use of the term may have migrated from the business world, where “data-driven” approaches have been embraced in recent years.

    While “metrics” may smack of jargon and be subject to overuse, when used in this specific sense the term expresses a useful idea. (Unlike, say “optics,” which simply steals a serious-sounding technical word to use as a cheap synonym.)

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