Thursday, September 23, 2010

Talk Like A Grad Student Day

Somewhere in the comments, Mrs. P suggested that FLG launch Talk-like-a-grad-student day. See as FLG has been a grad student, MBA doesn't count, he thought it best to ask GEC. Well, GEC is on some sort of stimulant fueled bender, but he did offer one suggestion. Anyway, here goes.

First, some quick, simple phrases to get you ready:
  • I don't believe you. -> What empirical support is there for your claim?
  • You're an idiot and evil. -> Your conclusion is based upon flawed normative assumptions and raises troublesome policy implications.
  • You're wrong. --> I wonder if you have considered all the possible permutations of the evidence?

BTW, you might be a grad student've ever felt "modern" was not
specific enough and changed it to "contemporary."

If you are feeling really adventurous, then pick an Ancient Greek word. Not anything special, mind you. Something mundane might be even better. Say "weaving" or "pottery." Then use it as shorthand for some sort of amorphous concept that you only half define, but is as tangentially related to the word you choose as possible.

For example, if you choose "weaving," then you'd basically use the Greek word to describe everything that binds things together. But not in the most straightforward use of the word, like glue or staples, but things like marriages, cultural institutions, maybe even manners. It can even be used to describe to link ether and the use of conjunctions in language. It doesn't matter. You just jump around from topic to topic repeating the Greek word for "weaving," as if it were self-explanatory what it means, but your using in some nebulous conceptual way that nobody will understand. Best part is that nobody's going to call you on it. Either they'll just nod stupidly or, if they think they're sophisticated, ask whether Hegel's or Heidegger's understanding of the word is most applicable to your conception.

1 comment:

arethusa said...

You work on that, and I'll work on "Talk Like Sam Johnson Day."

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