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Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Triss Hawkeye » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:15 pm UTC

I was debating on whether or not this is the right forum...but oh well.

Me and my friend have developed a peculiar habit of insulting people with scientific terms. My friend's word of choice is 'phagocyte' (please correct my spelling if this is wrong). I don't take Biology so I don't know what a phagocyte is or whether it's just because it sounds like an extension of 'fag'. I like to call people a 'podsol' ie. a soil drained of all goodness which even worms hate.

Anyway. Does anyone else do this, or are we just strange, strange people? :P

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Quisquis » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:27 am UTC

It's not really scientific, but I call people pedantic fairly regularly simply because it's hella fun to insult people with words they don't know.

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Postby niko7865 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:12 am UTC

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:18 am UTC

I once posted something that was something like this:

If fail was a force of nature, and thus had a particle that carried it as a charge (the failitron) and we were then to collect all the collective failitrons generated by MySpace and YouTube comments combined, and assemble them into one mass (first-order approximations suggest that this mass would be somewhat smaller than Venus, but only somewhat), and then converted that mass directly to energy, the amount of fail generated in the explosion would still be less than the fail in question by a factor of 109.

It's not really scientific so much of a really long way of telling someone they fail, but it's the closest thing I've got.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby MrHackman » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:03 am UTC

We are alike in that we both have a room temperature IQ, but different in that I'm using Kelvin, and you're using Celsius.

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby hipp5 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:23 am UTC

I'm a big fan of "aquatard" aka a material that slows the flow of water.

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby edge walker » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:49 am UTC

Triss Hawkeye wrote:Does anyone else do this, or are we just strange, strange people? :P

… Captain Haddock? ;)

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Gelsamel » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:01 am UTC

Who the fuck doesn't know what pedantic means?

Also off the top of my head I'm pretty sure a phagocyte (not sure on spelling either) is a cell/cells in the body which encompass and "eat" other cells (usually diseased/infected ones I think).
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Iv » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:02 am UTC

I was a huge fan of Captain Haddock when I was young, so things like 'Homozygote', 'Procaryote', 'Doryphores' really sound like insults to me.

I liked the "Shut up you, overclocked music box" from Girl Genius, when speaking to a slightly mad AI.
"Waste of oxygen" is not really scientific but works pretty well.
The problem with scientific insults is that most people won't know what you are referring to. Maybe fun but ineffective...

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby asad137 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:57 pm UTC

Iv wrote:The problem with scientific insults is that most people won't know what you are referring to. Maybe fun but ineffective...


Unless you're trying to make them feel like an idiot for not knowing what you're talking about...

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Peripatetic » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:41 pm UTC

I find "coprophage" has many wonderful uses.

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby skeptical scientist » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:05 pm UTC

Peripatetic wrote:I find "coprophage" has many wonderful uses.

Did anyone else just get a bad mental image relating to 2girls1cup?

Edit: Well if you didn't, you did now. Share my pain. :P
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Gelsamel » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:40 am UTC

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Peripatetic wrote:I find "coprophage" has many wonderful uses.

Did anyone else just get a bad mental image relating to 2girls1cup?


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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby btilly » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:50 am UTC

"Now you've got a bilirubin mouth!"

Bilirubin is the stuff that gives poop its color, so that's the same as saying that you ate shit.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Firnagzen » Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:53 am UTC

Peripatetic wrote:I find "coprophage" has many wonderful uses.


Coprophage... eater of, um, fecal matter? Nice, I'll have to remember that one.

A phagocyte is usually a white blood cell that works by engulfing and consuming foreign bodies etc.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Velifer » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:18 pm UTC

It's not really that insulting if they don't get it. If you called me a podsol, I'd start to wonder about you... I am many things, some less flattering than others, but I've never been a boreal soil. Perhaps you're commenting on my interesting profile with all the good stuff near the bottom?

I prefer the variants of the lengthy rant-insult, like the one variously (erroneously?) attributed to James Robinson, Steven Wright, or others:
... are so clueless, that they couldn't get a clue if they were dipped in clue musk and dropped in the middle of a pack of horny clues, doing a clue mating dance during clue mating season.


...or the flattering one from Douglas Adams:
"That young girl," he added unexpectedly, "is one of the least benightedly unintelligent life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting."


Now that I have a toddler that instantly repeats everything out of my mouth, I've had to get very creative with sophisticated synonyms of "AWW FUCK!"
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Triss Hawkeye » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:42 pm UTC

I too love Douglas Adams. xD

It's not really anything serious, on my art at least. 'Podsol' specifically I only really use bantering with my Geography classmates, or if I'm having a not-too-serious argument with someone. Or just yelling in a very immature way at someone I don't particularly like. :P

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby danpilon54 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:05 am UTC

I like to make fun of conservatives by saying that they have a very high self-inductance.


for those who do not know, self-inductance is the resistance of a circuit or wire to changes in the current, ie resistance to change.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Plasmic-Turtle » Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:46 am UTC

Really lame, I know, but one afternoon (being very bored) I found "you've got such a high specific gravity" kind of amusing. Alternatively, specific gravity can be replaced with mass/volume ratio... Actually I'm kinda embarrassed at the things that amuse me at times :oops: Though it would be funny if you said it to someone who failed their most basic highschool science and couldn't work out that you were calling them dense...

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Poochy » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:58 am UTC

"What a third derivative!"

"You create vacuums."

And one that's a bit more mathematical: "You're as sharp as a circle!"

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Postby youthoftoday » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:12 pm UTC

Plasmic-Turtle wrote:Really lame, I know, but one afternoon (being very bored) I found "you've got such a high specific gravity" kind of amusing. Alternatively, specific gravity can be replaced with mass/volume ratio... Actually I'm kinda embarrassed at the things that amuse me at times :oops: Though it would be funny if you said it to someone who failed their most basic highschool science and couldn't work out that you were calling them dense...


Isn't fat lighter than water?

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby gmalivuk » Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:50 pm UTC

youthoftoday wrote:
Plasmic-Turtle wrote:Really lame, I know, but one afternoon (being very bored) I found "you've got such a high specific gravity" kind of amusing. Alternatively, specific gravity can be replaced with mass/volume ratio... Actually I'm kinda embarrassed at the things that amuse me at times :oops: Though it would be funny if you said it to someone who failed their most basic highschool science and couldn't work out that you were calling them dense...

Isn't fat lighter than water?

Yes, but calling someone "fat" and calling them "dense" are completely different insults...
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Nebulae » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:52 am UTC

Yeah, who the hell went and made sharp and dense antonyms, anyway? Damn linguists!
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Postby thecommabandit » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:12 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:
Peripatetic wrote:I find "coprophage" has many wonderful uses.

Did anyone else just get a bad mental image relating to 2girls1cup?

Edit: Well if you didn't, you did now. Share my pain. :P

This is the kind of time I'm glad I never followed that link. The only mental image I get from that is a cup on the floor.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby crowey » Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:53 pm UTC

youthoftoday wrote:
Plasmic-Turtle wrote:Really lame, I know, but one afternoon (being very bored) I found "you've got such a high specific gravity" kind of amusing. Alternatively, specific gravity can be replaced with mass/volume ratio... Actually I'm kinda embarrassed at the things that amuse me at times :oops: Though it would be funny if you said it to someone who failed their most basic highschool science and couldn't work out that you were calling them dense...


Isn't fat lighter than water?


No, but it is less dense than water.

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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby ave_matthew » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:49 pm UTC

Yeah, who the hell went and made sharp and dense antonyms, anyway? Damn linguists!

Linguist don't invent words just study them, like biologists and life.
Anyhow, how about
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Nebulae » Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

ave_matthew wrote:
Yeah, who the hell went and made sharp and dense antonyms, anyway? Damn linguists!

Linguist don't invent words just study them, like biologists and life.

I was kidding. I just needed someone to blame :P
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Bobber » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:58 pm UTC

What the hell is going on? Is some mod finally tired of people posting stuff in text size 1?

On topic: not very scientific, but calling people insults and derogatory terms spelled backwards is sometimes amusing.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby justaman » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:16 am UTC

btilly wrote:"Now you've got a bilirubin mouth!"

Bilirubin is the stuff that gives poop its color, so that's the same as saying that you ate shit.


Actually bilirubin isn't the compound that gives feces its color, it is stercobilin, metabolic products of bacteria derived from stercobilinogen in the gut. Bilirubin does however give you the cool yellow/green color in bruises. Still a cool insult.
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby muteKi » Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:26 am UTC

In all of my physics experience the term "specific gravity" was never used. Just density.

I have however decided that my new favorite all-purpose insult is EAT ME, PHAGOCYTE!
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Re: Shut up, you podsol! Scientific insults...

Postby Plasmic-Turtle » Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:07 am UTC

muteKi wrote:In all of my physics experience the term "specific gravity" was never used. Just density.

That'd be because it's weird geology terminology...It's just the ratio of the density of a mineral (or whatever) to the density of water - I'm not sure I really get the point of it though - maybe it's handy to be able to compare minerals easily without worrying about units or something?


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