How To Stop People Asking Questions About Your Research Using These Boring Made Up Words

Richardson, J. et al.

Ever been stuck in a conversation at a party where a vague acquaintance asks what your thesis topic is? Instead of wasting precious energy stutteringly answering a question you both wish hadn’t been asked, just use these 7 boring made up words and watch as their eyes start desperately searching for someone else to talk to.

Hydro Geezerinformatics

This one is sure to make anyone you’re conversing with say “Excuse me, I’m just going to go get a drink.” 

Protolabiology

Drop this one in a sentence to mystify and lull your listener into a deep slumber.

Anhydrocephalography

A word like this one is sure to completely baffle party-goers into asking no further questions.

Trichodotomy 

It’s completely up to you on how you’d like to pronounce this one but rest assured that any pronunciation results in a level of indecipherable nonsense enough to cut any conversation about your research project short.

Chemobiogeomarine linguistics

This string of boring made-up words is a personal favourite because it has just enough relatable components to fool your fellow converser into thinking that they kind of understand what you do while offering little to no intrigue for any further inquiry.  

N-A-T-D-K-B-O-L-P-H-A-K-D-H

There’s no conversation-ender quite like listing over a dozen random letters to form a long and incomprehensible acronym to describe your work. They’d have to be really brave to ask what this one stands for.

Statistics

This one sounds pretty authentic and it’s 100% guaranteed to result in your conversational partner answering with something like “oh cool, that sounds great…” and quickly changing the subject.

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Jess Richardson

Jess is a postgraduate researcher in biology. Out of the lab, Jess makes art, writes science stuff and co-hosts a podcast discussing science fiction TV.

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Jess is a postgraduate researcher in biology. Out of the lab, Jess makes art, writes science stuff and co-hosts a podcast discussing science fiction TV.