Why do we use the word "protocol"?

j.a. kiernan jkiernan at julian.uwo.ca
Tue Apr 25 08:46:36 EST 1995

On Tue, 25 Apr 1995, Clemens Suter-Crazzolara wrote:

> > 
> what is the alternative to the words you mention ?
> clemens
   It depends on the meaning.  A bad word usually doesn't mean anything,
   so you must use one that has the meaning you need to apply.

          protocol - usually "method" or "procedure" or "technique"
          model    - often "rat" or "cultured cells" or some other
                     object of experimentation. Sometimes used for
                     "theory" or "hypothesis."  Rarely used correctly
                     (which would be when referring to an object, or
                     perhaps an idea, made to imitate the reality).
          paradigm - almost meaningless, and a dictionary doesn't help
                     much. The illiterate (especially psychologists) use
                     this word instead of "experiment," "test," "animal,"
                     "theory," "plan," etc. etc.
I hope these help!
                                     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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