Monday, June 1, 2009

dirty words

I've commented elsewhere on some of the words in linguistics which sound hilariously dirty: labials, fricatives, copular verbs, and so on. So now in the interest of being fair, I'm going to list some dirty-sounding words from my other passion, the library world:
  • collocation
  • depth indexing
  • full entry
  • fuzzy set
  • subject entry
  • syndetic structure
No joke, these are all real terms from the field of librarianship. Don't you wish you were a librarian?


  1. Fuzzy set is a mathematical concept used in infometrics and information retrieval when dealing with vague situations.