Academics’ Slang: Orthogonal

H. G. Wells famously said that, “statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” I think we’re getting closer to that day: even the Supreme Court of the United States plans to start using the word ‘orthogonal’ colloquially.

One response to “Academics’ Slang: Orthogonal”

  1. eric novik

    This is some great stuff; I am going to forward this link to a few of my friends. I must admit that I used the ‘o’ word in this context a few times and always got blank stares, a reaction which I shamefully enjoyed! Thanks for pointing this out John.