Well this is it. I am declaring that I am (mostly) done with the posts about bad omics words. I will on occasion I am sure rail about one word or another with my Worst New Omics Word Award, but I will try to let ome words rest in peace, at least for a while. Mostly this is because the task is too overwhelming. There are simply too many bad omics words out there.
This does not mean that these terms are not useful. However, as with all new terms, they will help to promote knowledge and ideas only if their precise meaning becomes known to a broad range of researchers. Only time will tell what will become a useful scientific term and what will remain the jargon of a subgroup of researchers.
“words, when they make their debut in scientific or literary society … should be simple, euphonious, pure and mnemonically attractive.”
- Omes Table, Gerstein Lab
- The best place is “Alphabetically ordered list of omes and omic words” at omics.org