Academic Jargon: Field-Specific Insults

December 12, 2010

(This article was first published on John Myles White » Statistics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Every academic field seems to develop a set of generic insults based on their intellectual toolkit. Here are two examples I hear often:

  1. Probabilists and Statisticians: “I think that’s an interesting case, but it’s in a set with measure zero.”
  2. Economists: “X group’s behavior is clearly rent-seeking.”

Do any readers have good examples from other fields?

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