Why do we use the word "protocol"?
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 ?
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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