The buzz world

I recently came across Creating Passionate Users, which among other things has been commenting entertainingly and passionately on the Web 2.0 buzz-world.
Today, there is an entry which discusses the difference between buzzwords and specialized domain-specific lexicons.

But there’s a world of difference between a specialized lexicon of domain-specific terms and buzzwords.

Domain-specific terms compress information, while buzzwords often masquerade as information.

Buzzwords are often (not always) semantically empty while specialized domain lexicons are semantically dense.

Domain-specific terms are usually associated with passion, or at least expertise, while buzzwords are often associated with those who might be faking expertise, or who are using them simply to impress others. [Creating Passionate Users]

Now, what about Library 2.0?

One thought on “The buzz world”

  1. I can’t remember the speaker, but it’s been said that,

    “Once a person learns a particular concept, that person forgets the words describing that concept.”

    It would seem that this fairly accurately describes domain-specific lexicons; a domain expert may easily traverse the lexicon when giving a talk, but have “dropped” the specific definitions of each term in favor of the richer meaning implied by each term.

    A fairly succinct way of describing buzzwords, then, could possibly be the inverse of that; a plausible phrase could read something like,

    “Once a person has learned the buzzword representing a concept, that person forgets the concept being represented.”

    A disclaimer for my lack of knowledge about the speaker of the first quote:

    “Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.”
    –Hesketh Pearson, Common Misquotations (1934), Introduction


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