Because it’s Friday: Please don’t write like a scientist

March 23, 2012

When Adam Rubin was a PhD student, his advisor accused him of “writing like a poet” for using a non-scientific word in this thesis:

The word was “lone,” as in “PvPlm is the lone plasmepsin in the food vacuole of Plasmodium vivax.” It was a filthy word. A non-scientific word. A flowery word, a lyrical word, a word worthy of — ugh — an MFA student.