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Actually, just to chime in here on this bike shed moment, I am under the strong impression that "technobabble" does indeed refer exclusively to the incorrect usage of actual terms in order to give an appearance of technical proficiency. The difference between technobabble and what you're describing is that in the case of technobabble, there is no one who can validate the usage of the terms, if they're even real. In the case that you're describing, someone can validate what the person is saying, it's just that you in particular don't understand it; the person isn't making anything up. And just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it is objectively any kind of babble. :)


On 08/09/2014 05:58 PM, Paul wrote:
Completely as an aside...

On Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:49:03 -0400
Pikov Andropov <> wrote:

Tom Davies wrote on 8/9/2014 2:25 PM:
Italo's techno-babble was brilliant and i thought fairly easy to
understand.  It's good to have it laid out so clearly!

I don't think you mean "techno-babble", Tom. "Technobabble refers to
the use of terms from mathematics, science, or engineering
incorrectly, in order to create a false sense of technical solidity
around a field or concept."

Technobabble does *not* have to be terms used incorrectly. Technobabble
is any use of technical terms that, because they are not really
understood, are just babble to the listener.


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