A crowdsourced list of sci/tech/biz words nerds use to signal that they’re smart

These are perfectly good words in their native sci/tech/biz context, but risk being pretentious when used u̶t̶i̶l̶i̶z̶e̶d̶ in day-to-day conversation

Note: Many of these terms are more precise than their common-use matches. That’s okay. The whole point of this list is that increased precision does not compensate for decreased accessibility to a non-technical audience.

Please suggest others in the comments!

From Statistics

  • “Priors” instead of assumptions; (if you want to get really nerdy, you can say “posteriors” instead of conclusions). …

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