17 October 2016

Watch your words: Geoscience jargon

Posted by shanlon

By Shane M Hanlon

A couple months ago we in the Sharing Science program started soliciting Sciwords – or words that meaning different things to different audiences. Inspired by Susan Joy Hassol and Richard C.J. Somerville, we wanted to created a geoscience-centric list of words with multiple meanings. We want to thank everyone who provided us with words. Because of your help, we now have our own list:

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We hope that this list is helpful to those who want to reduce jargon when talking about their science and to be better plainspoken communicators! If you’re interested in more information on avoiding jargon and want to download a PDF version of our list, please visit our page here.

-Shane M Hanlon is an AGU Sharing Science Specialist