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Or; A Scientific-Public Dictionary (abridged version)
For the use of scientists, when they wish to calculate how their work is being interpreted in ‘Public‘ , the native language of all who are not scientists.*
*Specific dialects of Public are not handled separately here, though in some of these, the meaning of a word or phrase can vary substantially, to the extent of meaning the opposite to its meaning in ‘Standard Public‘ . A paper is being prepared for those who wish to delve into the waters of the Journalese dialect (more properly, a Pidgin).
The left-hand column contains the word as used in scientific discourse or academic papers; the right-hand column contains the translation in Public.
Section 3: Climate
adaptation = inconvenience.
anthropogenic = someone else, other people.
(the) climate = the weather.
climate change = bad weather, alt. hurricanes.
climate science = science fiction.
consensus = conspiracy.
cryosphere = iceberg, alt. Polar bear.
data = random number, adapted to suit theory.
Day after tomorrow, The = climate science.
emission(s) = vehicle exhaust.
Global Warming = desert, burning forest. Alt: good weather.
hypothesis = wild guess.
implication = speculation, guess.
mitigation = taxation.
probability = guess.
rapid = immediate, tomorrow.
risk = (imminent) disaster.
95th percentile = guess with odds offered.
scientific method = guesswork by bespectacled people in white coats.
sea level rise = tsunami, alt. see ‘Day after Tomorrow, The’ .
THC slowdown = see ‘Day After Tomorrow, The’.
theory = guess.
very likely = reasonable guess.
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