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Junk the Jargon Podcast

March 5, 2011 by  
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I’ve appeared in the University of Manchester Junk the Jargon Podcast (Junkcast). You can listen or read the transcript here. In this Junkcast, I talk about how to engage an audience, giving some examples from my and others’ presentations.

Giving proper credit to Monin and Obukhov

January 17, 2011 by  
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Often in the literature, you will hear about the Monin-Obukhov length (30,400 results in google today) and Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (9520 results in google today). Monin-Obukhov similarity theory is the correct term. But, the length L should only be referred to as the Obkhov Obukhov length, as correctly stated in the AMS Glossary and on […]


Dave Mechem (University of Kansas) and my Manchester colleagues have been telling me about a new term that has been adopted from geology into atmospheric science: upsidence. My understanding of upsidence is that the term means ascent in an environment with otherwise large-scale descent. The term is used to refer to an “upsidence wave”, a […]

What are your pet peeves?

Appendix B: Commonly Misused Scientific Words and Expressions of Eloquent Science was inspired by a list of incorrect science expressions and annoyances maintained by Chuck Doswell. Many of Chuck’s pet peeves are included in Appendix B. I also surveyed my friends and colleagues about their pet peeves and included many of them in Appendix B. […]

Terrible use of jargon

April 9, 2010 by  
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———————————————————- 2010-04-05 The Future of Family Science Stan J. Knapp of Brigham Young University conditionally prognosticates a jargon-free future for his fellow family scientists: “Authorizing Family Science: An Analysis of the Objectifying Practices of Family Science Discourse,” Stan J. Knapp, Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 64, no. 4 (Nov., 2002), pp. 1038-1048. . Knapp […]

Appendix B: Commonly Misused Scientific Words and Expressions

November 5, 2009 by  
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