Tucked in a memo from the IPCC with tips about dealing with reporters sniffing around for an explosive story is a list of scientific or statistical jargon that “mean one thing to scientists and something else entirely to the public and reporters”. The list is pretty interesting, including words like uncertainty, literature, risk, bias, exotic, and disruptive.

Reading the list, I can just imagine the story for each one where some budding Woodward or Bernstein would twist a scientist’s words about a “significant trend” or some such to mean we’re all going to die.

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