I’ve been reading Piotr Naskrecki’s glossy new book Relics and was intrigued by this observation:
…the word ‘endemic’ has a somewhat perjorative connotation in the popular culture, as in ‘the corruption there is endemic,’ but to biologists this is an exciting word, indicating organisms that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
The thought never once occurred to me that endemic might cause confusion in general use. Perhaps it should be added to the list.
What other words do I regularly use that confuse non-scientists?