Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Here's Why You Hate the Word "Webinar"

Awful.

Awful, awful, awful.

But have you ever wondered why it's so awful? 

I think I've figured it out. Here's my pet theory as to why "webinar" sucks as a portmanteau: Because it's not a real portmanteau at all. The "web-" replaces "sem-", but "sem-" is not a prefix with a defined meaning that "web" is substituting for. The substitution is based on assonance. Which is fine if you are writing Old English epic poetry or a Tom Waits song, but not so much if you're trying to impart meaning.

Same goes for "webucator," which I have only seen one time, but which burned its way into my brain like sulphuric acid.

 

So: what other hideous edu-jargon do you hate and why?


(PS: my dad asked for more non-Middlemarch content. He made no specifications as to quality. Enjoy, Dad!)

4 comments:

heu mihi said...

This phrase is not made up of made-up words, but it still drives me nuts:

"Best practices."

Because people just assert them like they mean something. "But that's best practices!" they'll say, about whatever the hell it is that they're trying to ram down your throat.

I mean, obviously sometimes people use the phrase to refer to something that's actually supported by legitimate research. But only sometimes. In my experience.

EarthSciProf said...

Unfortunately the phrase “best management practices” is used widely in the environmental/regulatory/engineering field. In my view (as something of a newcomer to this part of the environmental field), it’s a very vague and non-specific phrase that could mean almost anything but often is used to mean specific things that may rather vague to anybody but the person using th term.

Fretful Porpentine said...

"Rubric." It absolutely drives me up the wall, and the worst part is that it has somehow become so ubiquitous that nobody seems to perceive it as jargon, even though nobody had ever heard this word (at least not used in this particular sense) when I was in school. It's like the invasive kudzu of edu-speak.

Situs Poker Idn Play said...

Artikel yang sangat bagus menarik dan bermanfaat

Bergabunglah dan rasakan sensasi bermain Situs Poker, Domino99, Pokerqq, QQ Online, Domino Qiu, Qiu Qiu Online, Poker Qiu Qiu yang memberikan kemenangan besar hanya di http://Maxbetqq.net/ Agen Poker IDN terpercaya yang memberikan kemananga besar jackpot besar bersama Situs Poker, Domino99, Pokerqq, QQ Online, Domino Qiu, Qiu Qiu Online, Poker Qiu Qiu.

Dengan didukung server yang berkulitas dan permainan yang sangat fair 100% Player vs Player dan tidak ada campur tangan ROBOT di dalam Situs Poker Online Terpercaya MaxbetQQ.

Promo HOT Di Poker Online Terpercaya Maxbetqq :
– Bonus Bulanan Megajackpot
– Bonus New Member 20% (Minimal Deposit Rp25.000 | Maksimal Bonus Rp.50.000)
– Bonus Rollingan 0,5%
– Bonus Deposit Rp. 5000 Setiap Hari
– Bonus Refferal 10% Up To 60%

7 Games Dalam 1 User ID :

✔️ Texas Poker
✔️ Domino QQ
✔️ Capsa Susun
✔️ Bandar Ceme
✔️ Ceme Keliling
✔️ Super Ten
✔️ Pot OMAHA

Info Maxbetqq Anda Bisa Langsung Menghubungi Lewat :

Livechat : http://Maxbetqq.net/
Whatsapp : +66613295868
WeChat : MaxbetQQ
Line : MaxbetQQ

QQ NET
QQ.NET
QQ PAGCOR
ONLINE QQ
DAFTAR QQ
QQ ONLEN
POKERQQ
POKERQQIDN
QQ ONLINE
DOMINO QIU
MAXBETQQ.NET
SITUS POKER
AGEN POKERQQ
AGEN DOMIN99
POKER QIU QIU
QIU QIU ONLINE
AGEN POKER UANG ASLI
AGEN POKER TERPERCAYA