April 09th 2010
Using the word "orthogonal" does not make you as smart as Rich Hickey
This is kind of a stupid post but here we go. Please can everyone tone down use of the word “orthogonal” a bit?! It doesn’t make you smarter and in fact if you don’t even look the word up first you can end up looking pretty dumb. (Hell I didn’t know what it meant and I had to pause the video and look it up.)
I noticed how everyone emulated Rich after watching through the Clojure videos and you could barely read anything about Clojure without every third word being “orthogonal”. The final straw was a interview I listened to where the host didn’t know the difference between recursion and orthogonal and kept mixing them up.