heard: datapoint

Marc Velasco marcjvelasco at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 28 00:39:31 UTC 2008

Has anyone else been noticing the rising use of 'datapoint'?
(Apologies if this has already been brought up.)  Heard this morning
on Dianne Rehm, as well as previously.

Working def: statement in support of an argument, which is backed up
by 'data' (usually numeric); datapoint seems to focus on the
rhetorical quality/context of the statement and not on the data

Usually in the context of either powerpoint presentations, or
politics/policy, or IT related questions (at least in my experience).
Seems to be a marker for statements of 'quality' as opposed to
assertions or generalizations... especially for discussions that have
historically been made by analogy, reasoning, or simply assertions.

datapoint: crime rose 12% last year
non-datapoint: crime is a big problem in my neighborhood, and it's
getting worse.

Apparently, datapoint is also a company that makes some extension for

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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