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Jargon for grown-ups

[8 Dec 2016] Plain-language devotees are not against technical jargon as such, it being a useful shorthand among the initiated.

Cue this perfect example from the Times obituary of Chris Bell, self-taught bicycle engineer (2 Sept 2016):

‘The key to the oval chainring is that it eliminates the deadspot at the top of the pedal stroke on a circular ring because it has the effect of lowering the gearing at the point where a cyclist’s legs produce the least power.’

At least, it sounds like a perfect example. Only bike specialists would really know.

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