Language matters in science and mathematics – here’s why

What do you get when you cross a mafia mobster with a sociologist?

An offer you can’t understand.

It’s an old joke, and you could substitute “sociologist” with just about any other “ologist” – the broader point being that professions use language in ways that make it hard for outsiders to understand.

So, do sociologists, mathematicians, scientists and lawyers use language to be elitist and exclusive? Or is the language necessary to describe the specifics of their field?

And what role does school play in initiating students into the language of these different disciplines?

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