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June 21, 2007

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SEK

IIRC, the entirety of Deleuze and Guattari's Milles Plateaux is dedicated* to this very subject.

*May not be the right word.

Harry

Not quite the same thing, but I remember finding it irritating searching academic databases for the term 'Anglo-Saxon' (applied to pre-1066 England) and finding lots of stuff about 'Anglo-Saxon' philosophy or economics, where what they actually meant was 'Anglo-American'. Or possibly 'not French'.

Ling.Lass

Yes—I’ve observed that “prototype”, “pragmatic”, and “discourse”, cause all sorts of problems for people crossing disciplines.

Brandon

paradigm!

Arnold

'Commonwealth literature' can be confusing for a seventeenth-century historian. Then of course there's 'revisionism' (a term I first encountered in the context of the 'origins of the English Civil War' debate), which is now such a loaded expression I've given up using it. Come to think of it, 'Civil War' is quite a confusing term too -- I've come across people who refer to themselves as 'Civil War historians' without bothering to explain which Civil War they're talking about ..

Andre Mayer

Bias. There was a huge brouhaha a generation ago about whether or not standardized tests are "biased," which to psychometricians meant something like "yielding different scores for the same answers."

A. Mused

"Regime" is a good one. Oh, and the seemingly innocent transitive verb "to read"!

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