How to translate climate science into Average Joe-ese
Communicating science can be a challenge — not everybody wants to be communicated to, for one thing, and also a lot of words with specialized Science Meanings also have regular meanings that are completely different. (If you don't believe me, try using the phrase "quantum leap" to a particle physicist.) In the wake of the Climategate hoopla, much of which centered on a misinterpretation of the word "trick," two physicists have published a paper about how scientists can choose their words when talking to the public about climate change. This chart can act as a sort of Science-English Dictionary.