Talk:2326: Five Word Jargon

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That's all. - 22:04, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

super cali fragilistic expiali docious Bo Lindbergh (talk) 22:26, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Over at Language Log they have fun documenting bewildering "noun piles". In the post noun pile blog post madness for example

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JohnB (talk) 23:59, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

All cyanobacteria are unicellular. That word is just an imposition. Nitpicking (talk) 02:25, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Cyanobacteria come in various types, such as unicellular, filamentous or colonial. Or even part of a composite organism such as lichen. Plastids, which are intracellular endosymbiotic organelles are technically acellular cyanobacteria. 04:31, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
Plastids are still unicellular. Living as endosymbionts doesn't make them multicellular, it makes them endosymbionts. Colonial unicellular organisms are still unicellular.

Cueball could be Randall copying down the phrase into his collection. 03:10, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Yea that is clear from it being one of my hobby. Have changed the explanation. --Kynde (talk) 09:32, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
I thought that Cueball was typing the phrase in to Google to figure out what it meant. Dansiman (talk) 13:54, 26 August 2020 (UTC)

I was expecting these would in fact all mean something incredibly simple. I'm a little disappointed :( 04:03, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

My undergraduate research was on fluxional behavior in zwitterionic isoindoline complexes, so this struck close to home.Eärendil (talk) 04:17, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

The phrase from the caption really satisfying-sounding five-word technical phrases also meets (almost) every criteria it states (except maybe 'technical') - having read many of Randall's comics, I can't imagine this to be a coincidence... 07:39, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Before reading this explanation, I was convinced these were nonsensical phrases that Randall had made up! 08:18, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

anomalous electroweak sphaleron transition baryogenesis - roughly translates out of Jargon as Weird Forces Slippery change creation 11:33, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I really want to dive into the word relationships within these 'semantically multityped divaricatedly polyconstructed descriptors' and see how much or little they obey the 'rules' for word order of component adjectives, etc. Maybe when I get a piece of paper and pencil and a bit of time to tease them apart. ;) 13:02, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Horrifically enough, Pachelbel's Canon uses five chords: I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V . (It's deeply hated by us musicians who have to play it at weddings and whatnot). Beethoven's 6th: AllegroMaNonTroppo; AndanteMoltoMosso; Allegro; Allegro; Allegretto. Mahler's Fifth: in short terminology, Pan&Bacchus; Flowers; Animals;Man,Angels; Love . Cellocgw (talk) 13:06, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I don't believe Cueball is looking up the phrase when he types A-N-O-M... I think he's just typing the phrase into the file where he collects the 5-word phrases, as it's listed as the last of his favorites in the bottom section of the panel. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 13:11, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Yea that is clear from it being one of his hobbies to collect them. Have changed the explanation. --Kynde (talk) 09:32, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

I had a foundling dog diagnosed with "Juvenile Canine Psychogenic Polydipsia - Polyurea. He also had five different kinds of parasites. Pwydde (talk) 21:37, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I've noticed that Epson loves five word names for its inkjet papers, such as "Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte" Tanana (talk) 23:37, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

“Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery.” Might be one best not to know about.

dear, thankyou for giving us something to not think about! oh and please sign your comments ocæon (talk) 20:18, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

"Stationary ergodic Gaussian random processes" were the central part of a university project I did just a month ago ! 19:56, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

My new favourite is Dynamic Organic Anthropomorphically Engineered Entropy. 21:59, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

"and then proceed to type the phrase into his phone to add to his list of favorite Five Word Jargon" - That's not how I understand the comic. I thought he was typing it to look up the term on Google. That is also supported by this discussion about the previous comic #2325 on the XKCD sub-reddit: 04:04, 4 July 2020 (UTC)

An intermediate phase Type-II superconducting plate suspended in a gradually increasing strong uniform applied magnetic field will have its core penetrated by individual cylindrical magnetic flux quanta together forming an induced quantum supercurrent vortex lattice with a minimized field energy spacing parameter that exhibits quasi-bifurcating meta-stable equilibrium state trajectories that form a transitory phyllotactic fluxon lattice spiral before reaching critical field flux density limits. 23:16, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

I would say it should be "Exhibit" instead of "Model", but that would be gauche. Ysth (talk) 12:40, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

Medicine is full to the brim with crazy terms like those above. Here are two contributions to the compendium of five-word jargon: "pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta" and "tuberculosis cutis miliaris acuta disseminata", but there are many more. Johanvs (talk) 04:55, 11 January 2021 (UTC)