Basics - STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers -

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 21 19:03:56 UTC 2014

"Everybody who knows what it means knows what it means, and everybody else doesn’t," said Eric Lander, co-chairman of the president’s advisory council and head of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

That's kind of the way it works with words, no?


On May 20, 2014, at 11:48 AM, victor steinbok wrote:

> Another anti-initialism/acronym diatribe on NYT pages. In this case, it
> mostly focuses on one--"STEM Education". I find the argument not
> particularly persuasive--it's the same tired complaint about opaqueness of
> jargon abbreviations (the target happens to be my primary field, so it
> doesn't really bother me at all).
> But there's a nice Sally Ride quote:
>> Sally Ride concurred: "With my NASA heritage, I'm perfectly capable of
> speaking entirely in acronyms, including the verbs," she said. "But this is
> not very helpful when talking to the public."
> The story is here
> Or use the single-page link
> VS-)
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> The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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