Re: College/Learning Curves

Subject: Re: College/Learning Curves
From: Shane Turner (
Date: Fri Sep 30 2005 - 21:52:38 EDT

Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" immediately sprigs to mind,
talking about how "Toe the line" changed to "Tow the line.." I guess that's
not so much an opposite meaning as just a completely different meaning.

Back to the scientific world, the meaning of the word "theory" and it's
colloquial meaning are often confused... "That's just a theory!" (Although
its amazing how well the atom bomb works despite the Theory of Special
Relativity being likewise "just a theory.")


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Stewart" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 7:54 PM
Subject: College/Learning Curves

> I find it interesting that terms like 'quantum leap' and 'steep learning
> curve' often take on the opposite meaning in popular usage from their
> original scientific meaning, and I wonder whether this phenomenon is
> unique to terms borrowed from science?- probably not, but I can't think of
> other examples.

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