technical terminology in ordinary language

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun May 31 15:10:06 UTC 2009

Lee Beck on Facebook:

Heard some lawyers throwing around the words "dispositive" and
"colorable" in everyday chatter... Imagining how they would react if a
mechanic used the word "camshaft" in a metaphoric way...

The American Dialect Society -

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