Why do we use the word "protocol"?
J. A. Kiernan
jkiernan at julian.uwo.ca
Mon Apr 24 10:01:26 EST 1995
In article <0098F5A5.97EFBDE0 at Msu.oscs.montana.edu> uvsmr at Msu.oscs.montana.edu (Matt Rognlie) writes:
>Subject: Why do we use the word "protocol"?
>This has interested me for some time. If you look up the word "protocol" in a
>good dictionary, it has nothing to do with "scientific procedures". Why are
>we using this word, then?
It is one of those words that should NEVER be used by scientists; almost
as bad as the execrable "model" and the utterly abominable "paradigm" and
many others. There is no shortage of real words with simple meanings, and
no need to pollute the literature with emetic buzz-words.
John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy
Univ. of Western Ontario
LONDON, Canada N6A 5C1
e-mail: jkiernan at julian.uwo.ca
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