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February 16, 2009

A Nomenclature of Nomenclature: The Sources of Terminologic Uncertainty and Confusion and the Value of Communication

Arch Surg. 2009;144(2):104-106. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2008.534

If terms be incorrect, then statements do not accord with facts; and when statements and facts do not accord, then business is not properly executed.—Confucius, The Analects

A main source of our failure to understand is that we do not command a clear view of the use of our words.—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things.—Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling