Today’s the day! I’m all over this one. Talk like a physicist
If anyone needs some pointers:
Use “canonical” when you mean “usual” or “standard.” As in, “the canonical example of talking like a physicist is to use the word ‘canonical.’”
Use “orthogonal” to refer to things that are mutually-exclusive or can’t coincide. “We keep playing phone tag — I think our schedules must be orthogonal”
“About” becomes “to a first-order approximation”
Things are not difficult, they are “non-trivial”
Large discrepancies are “orders of magnitude apart”
Refer to coordinates and coordinate systems. “I got shafted” becomes “I took one up the z-axis”
Any actual personal experience becomes “empirical data.” i.e. a burn on your hand is empirical data that the stove is hot.
You’re not being lazy, you are in your ground state.
A semi-educated guess is an extrapolation
You aren’t ignoring details, you are taking the ideal case
A tiny amount is “vanishingly small” or “negligible.” Really small is “infinitesimal”
You aren’t overweight, you are thermodynamically efficient
Stuck in a meeting is “trapped in a potential well,” though you hope you can “tunnel out.” Alternatively, it can be a black hole, from which there is no escape.
it’s not a wire, it’s a “conductor”
It’s not light, they are photons. Turning on the lamp becomes emitting photons.