Thursday, August 03, 2006
(madison) c thru
One commonly-used word of my academic vocabulary is "transparent," as in "I would prefer if the author made the details of the coding scheme used in the manuscript more transparent." A colleague of mine in his sixties heard a similar usage of "transparent" today and said, "You know, I keep wondering how it came to be that people use 'transparent' for that. When I was younger, people would say the same thing and instead say 'visible' instead of transparent." Especially intriguing because, of course, visible and transparent are quasi-acronyms, and, at least when the sentence includes "details of the" as above, it's a pretty easy argument that visible is the more straightforward metaphor.