The Agen-Agen-Byte of Ynwyt
How to ruin a good idea in tenhundred words.
Some lit-crit fuckhead named Trotta has decided that science needs to break away from jargon if it wants to be understood. True but trite.
His solution to the problem is bizarre, weird, idiotic and purely fucking self-destructive. He thinks the road to clarity is to restrict your vocabulary to a few short words. If any real scientists are stupid enough to follow his example, they will succeed in being even less understandable
than they are now. Several samples of Trotta's rawboned idiocy are here.
As I was reading about this idiocy, I was listening to an ad for a local auto repair service. The ad was voiced by the owner of the garage, who was clearly not college-educated, and was clearly talking to normal people about cars. He used universal, differential, constant velocity
, and thousand
several times in the ad. I will guaran-fucking-tee you that 100%, oops, I mean "ten tens out of ten tens of parts", of the audience, oops I mean "hear-group", understood him completely, oops I mean "picked up all of what he meant".
Long words are NOT THE SAME FUCKING THING as jargon. Long words are perfectly OK, provided you use their normal and accepted definition.
Science writing goes wrong when it uses ordinary words in specialized ways. And that's EXACTLY what Trotta is doing, in spades. Oops, I mean "in sharp scoops on sticks, that are used to move or lift dirt."
But I really shouldn't be complaining. Trotta is supposedly trying to explain the Big Bang, Dark Energy, and Multiverses in his bizarre dialect. Since all of these "concepts" are purely insane nonsense, designed to create a "luminous intellectual fog" that will attract billions and billions and billions in funding to the laboratories of criminal fraudsters, it's highly appropriate that they are described in schizy language. Word salad deserves word salad.