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Monday, September 29, 2008


Posting about Alan Sokal's 'hoax' article a couple days ago made me also recall the much older "Broughton phrase generator" (and many later versions of it) which operates along the same line... a simple, humorous, system for generating 3-word phrases (like, "functional reciprocal contingency") that 'sound' keenly meaningful, to be employed in meetings or documents where a sense of erudition is desired. It's Alan Sokal on a small scale. See here.

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