10 October 2001 - end of wisdom

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Deadly Terminology

It has been said that the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names; for example, the Korean Police Action and the War Against Terrorism. That’s why chemistry nomenclature is internationally standardized; by the end of wisdom, you call dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane by its right name, “overcommercialization”.


The Korean War was officially a “police action”.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane is DDT.

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