(Closed) Vent – science terms misused

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@AB Bride:  I agree. The one that bugs me is the use of theory/hypothesis.

Post # 4
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Haha yeah… I remember watching an episode of Bones and they were talking force in terms of Newton-meters.  I stopped watching after that.

Post # 5
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

yes! I completely agree! My big pet peeve: correlation versus causation, just because they’re correlated doesn’t mean one caused the other!

Post # 7
1030 posts
Bumble bee

Sheldon: You’ve dedicated your lifes work to educate the general populus about complex sciencific ideas.
Dr. Greene: Yes, in part.
Sheldon: Have you ever considered trying to do something useful? Perhaps reading to the elderly?


Post # 8
1215 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@AB Bride:  Lol!!!! I’m with you girl!!!

Post # 10
5092 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh I sympathize. I’m a historian, and if I had a nickel for every time I saw history misrepresented, particularly by politicians, I’d never have to work again!

Post # 11
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@alejandria:  Ugh, that one gets me every time, too.

@StarryNight2011:  I hate when people who don’t understand the meaning of “theory” say things like, “Evolution is just a theory, not a fact!” The scientific process allows room for revision in light of new evidence. Math class is across the hall, honey–I think you’ll have better luck over there. 

One of my pet peeves, which is specific to my industry, is when people say, “herbicides and pesticides.” Redundant.

Post # 12
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

meh. I don’t really mind, because I figure that I am most likely making multiple mistakes when I refer to non-science things in my life, and it’s better for people to even be talking about science than not.


Unless people say, “nucular” instead of “nuclear”. Because “nucular” does not exist.

Post # 13
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@AB Bride:  Yes! I had to go out of my way to lecture biology students about pH vs Ph (and explain the point of the little p and the big H) after my head nearly exploded while grading their lab reports. 

@Double_rainbow:  I pestered my Fiance about this soooo much when he was looking for a job in his field. You can’t prove you’re qualified to be an engineer when you constantly screw up a word that is easily within your doman! 

Post # 14
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@anemonie:  I hear the “Evolution is just a theory” a lot when I teach. It bugs me even more because I explain the difference between theory and hypothesis to the class and they still don’t use the terms correctly.  *bangs head against wall*

Post # 15
1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

“infuse” and “fusion” mostly when talking about food flavors


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