Talk Like a Physicist
It’s very easy, just rehearse these phrases… and try use them with confidence in every conversation.
- Use “canonical” when you mean “usual” or “standard.” As in, “the canonical example of talking like a physicist is to use the word ‘canonical’.”
- Use “orthogonal” to refer to things that are mutually-exclusive or can’t coincide. “We keep playing phone tag — I think our schedules must be orthogonal”.
- “About” becomes “to a first-order approximation”.
- Things are not difficult, they are “non-trivial”.
- Large discrepancies are “orders of magnitude apart”.
- You’re not being lazy, you are in your “ground state”.
- A tiny amount is “vanishingly small” or “negligible”. Really small is “infinitesimal”.
- it’s not a wire, it’s a “conductor”.
- You aren’t overweight, you are “thermodynamically efficient”.
Via Swans on Tea: Talk Like a Physicist Day
I get the impression that this thread will interest many Tumblr users. To read tomorrow, of course.
I loved the Parkinson’s law:
"work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"
with corolaries so actual as:
"If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do"
"Data expands to fill the space available for storage."
"Storage requirements will increase to meet storage capacity."