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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Word of the Day: Respecticism

This comes from an older blog post by Andrew Gelman:

 

Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler are famous for finding that obesity is contagious. Their claims, which have been received with both respect and skepticism (perhaps we need a new word for this: “respecticism”?)…”   http://andrewgelman.com/2011/06/controversy_ove_2/

 

It seems like there should be another term for this type of thing, but all I can come up with are “notorious”, which has a bad connotation, and “controversial”, which works, but is perhaps broader than the meaning intended for “respecticism”.