A Plea To My Fellow Bioscientists

Can we please stop using the word “landscape” to refer to “survey of a gigantic fucketonne of data”? A landscape is where there is dirt and grass and hills and shrubbes and trees and shitte, not a bunch of motherfucken nucleic acid sequences.


  1. badgersdaughter says

    Count your blessings, proffe, at least YOUR industry doesn’t think and speak as if it is really a football game. (Oh, and piss on all self-help-book writing, motivational speaking, success-fellating has-been quarterbacks.)

  2. ALDHgal says

    Sorry, I think you are stuck with the usage. One definition offered by Merriam-Webster: a particular area of activity.
    That’s one of the beauties of the language. It changes.
    Now if you want to get worked up about language, why not complain about the fact that no one anymore can use the correct form of its or it’s? Or the fact that too damn few people understand what versus means (and that, being a preposition, it has no singular form such as verse!!).
    There, now I feel better.

  3. anat says

    And let’s not forget Waddington’s epigenetic landscape. Which, despite having no actual dirt, at least looks a bit like somewhere one could take a hike. It’s a metaphor.

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