terminology

Kathleen Archer Kathleen.Archer at MAIL.CC.TRINCOLL.EDU
Thu Apr 24 07:13:45 EST 1997


outer layer of fruit wall   epicarp      unneccessary classicism
middle layer of fruit wall  mesocarp     unneccessary classicism

I couldn't help but notice that a number of Bob's suggested improvements
require 5 words where a single word in the old terminology sufficed.  I
agree the wordier version is simpler to understand for a novice, but the
shorter, more precise old standards do serve a useful purpose.  In lecture I
use the "unneccessary classicism" version of the word first, followed
parenthetically with my simple version.  Eventually I can eliminate the
longer, simpler version because students have become accustomed to the old,
or "standard" version.  While most of our students will not continue in
biology and therefore will not find it necessary to know the standard
terminology, those who do will be poorly served if they are blown away by
terminology their advisors feel they should have learned as undergraduates.

Kathleen Archer




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