Academic Jargon: Field-Specific Insults

Every academic field seems to develop a set of generic insults based on their intellectual toolkit. Here are two examples I hear often:

  1. Probabilists and Statisticians: “I think that’s an interesting case, but it’s in a set with measure zero.”
  2. Economists: “X group’s behavior is clearly rent-seeking.”

Do any readers have good examples from other fields?

3 responses to “Academic Jargon: Field-Specific Insults”

  1. Allen

    Mathematics: “Your proof is fascinating. Too bad there’s an obvious and unresolvable error in Lemma 2.1.”

  2. Jason

    Programming: “It might work in theory, however, your solution is intractable.”

  3. Michael Littman

    Machine learning: “I agree that your results look good, but the method is overfit to the data.” Or, “It’s a clear example of data set selection.”