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August 08, 2003


Friedrich --

Have lots of people recently taken to overusing the word "granularity"? I don't know why, but I seem to be hearing the word almost every day. Another example of my fine radar at work.

Of course, I could also be way behind in noticing this...



posted by Michael at August 8, 2003


How about "back in the day"?

Since Memorial Day, I've heard it constantly.

Posted by: Steve Sailer on August 8, 2003 4:12 PM

Maybe this is just a high tech thing, but "granularity" has been in Top 40 rotation in the software biz for at least a decade.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on August 8, 2003 8:55 PM

Agreed, "granularity"; along with "seamless", "transparent", "scalability", and "portability" (amongst many), has been being abused in the software industry for a while now.

I guess that sorta proves Michael's point, that it is being overused...

Posted by: Felicity on August 9, 2003 1:16 AM

"Back in the day" -- that's right, that one's appeared on the radar screen recently too. With "granularity" and the others that Felicity mentions: I wonder how some words escape the software-and-computer biz corral and make it out into the larger culture. Are we just copping some 'tude -- using these words makes us all feel like edgy techies, or something? Or are the words actually useful in describing or evoking new-ish things? Interesting that, despite the crash, we're still looking to the tech biz for new slang...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 9, 2003 1:31 AM

Hmmmmm. Is high tech taking over for the black community as a source of new slang? What exactly does that say about the perception of techies and their role in society? Marginal yet edgy?

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on August 9, 2003 3:05 AM

Yup, "granularity" appears regularly in my biz. If Strunk and White were still around, I suspect that they'd be advising us to say "finer-grained" and "larger-grained" instead of at a smaller or large granularity.

Posted by: Will Duquette on August 9, 2003 12:39 PM

Ha ha Will, you a funny man.

I fourth or fifth that emotion - granularity has been mocked by jargon watchers in my neck of the woods for at least a decade.

Posted by: j.c. on August 10, 2003 5:54 PM

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