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:


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┬ámore 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