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April 7, 2011 / theslowblitz

Hypothesis

Seriously, four syllables? No wonder people always use ‘hypothesis’ and  ‘theory’ interchangeably (often times in places where the difference is arguably important). As for me, I prefer the word ‘theory’, which is short and sweet, but its technical inaccuracy exasperates me. English needs a replacement word for ‘hypothesis’.

Edit: I suppose ‘guess’ would work, but it doesn’t sound nearly as scientific!

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