BusinessInsider recently published a highlights from Harvard linguistic research work about the most misused words in English. I was surprised to find a dozen common words. And now I understand why. Because all this words or phrases I use everyday in my lab routine. I write articles, prepare presentations, read papers in scientific journals.For example: at the top of the list “Adverse”. PubMed finds this word in about 2 million scientific abstract/citations and more than half million articles.
You can say that scientific language is becoming more informal. And you will be right. Nature told us that in November. Informality has now invaded not only speaking language but also academic writing.
Does it mean that all this matches come from 60-70s papers? Not really.
Less formal style in context means that now researchers use less passive voice and more personal pronouns. The analysis, published in the journal English for Specific Purposes, looked at the language of academic papers from several high-impact journals. Researchers find a threefold increase in informal words such as I and we between 1965 and 2015.
Personal language helps scientists to make an effective connection with reader. It’s important in modern word, because now researchers are under increased pressure and competition.
Anyway, researchers still have to use dead words such “Adverse”, “Effect”, “Verbal” and etc.
Do you think that language of science becomes second Latin language?