# 2326: Five Word Jargon

 Five Word Jargon Title text: My other (much harder) hobby is trying to engineer situations where I have an excuse to use more than one of them in short succession.

## Explanation

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Another comic in Randall's My Hobby series, this hobby involves "collecting" and presumably using five-words-long technical jargon. In the comic, White Hat uses one of the phrases when talking to Cueball, causing Cueball to look up the jargon on his phone. Randall then proceeds to list 4 such phrases as a caption below the panel.

In the title text, Randall says that he has a second hobby to find or create situations to use multiple such phrases in a conversation. It would seem difficult to combine the 4 listed phrases in a conversation, as they are from 4 separate fields (medicine, economics/statistics, biology, and physics/cosmology).

### Technical jargon

Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement:

A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is "an artificial channel within the liver that connects the inflow portal vein and the outflow hepatic vein". It is used to treat various intestinal bleeding. This term can be found in this publication: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16850140/

Generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model:

The generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model (GARCH) is a statistical model for economic research. An autoregressive model of a time series is one that uses previous values of the time series to predict the next value. A conditional probability model is one that divides data into inputs and outputs and models the relation between them using a conditional probability distribution of the outputs given the inputs. A heterskedastic distribution is one in which the variance (or standard deviation) of a random variable depends on the sample value. This phrase can be found in this publication: https://www.scirp.org/html/11-1241334_99870.htm

Unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria group A:

A unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria is a single-celled type of bacteria that is able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a more usable form, and also generates oxygen through photosynthesis. "Group A" refers to the "first" group of several groups in a controlled experiment, or a scientific study. This term can be found in this publication: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4303622/

Anomalous electroweak sphaleron transition baryogenesis:

This is a term from Particle physics/cosmology. Baryons are subatomic particles containing an odd number of quarks; protons and neutrons are the most familiar examples. Baryogenesis is the hypothetical physical process that took place during the early universe that produced more matter than antimatter in the observable universe (or it could be any process that produces baryons). Sphaleron is a static (time-independent) solution to the electroweak field equations of the Standard Model of particle physics, and is involved in certain hypothetical processes that change the number of baryons or leptons (e.g. forming baryons and removing leptons). It is believed that the electroweak interaction is responsible for baryogenesis, but that at the temperatures involved (~1015 K), sphaleron interactions would wipe out any excess of baryons; therefore, for baryogenesis to "stick", it must have occurred at the transition out of the electroweak era...unless there were some kind of anomaly in the formation or interaction of sphalerons. Google reports no matches for the entire phrase in quotes, but shows about 70 results unquoted, indicating it finds only partial matches.

## Transcript

[White Hat is speaking to Cueball, who has his phone out, searching the phrase. White Hat has his palm raised.]
White Hat: Yeah, I learned about it when I was researching anomalous electroweak sphaleron transition baryogenesis.
Cueball: Cooool.
Phone: A-N-O-M-
[Caption below the panel:]
My Hobby: Collecting really satisfying-sounding five-word technical phrases.
Current favorites
• Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement
• Generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity model
• Unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria group A
• Anomalous electroweak sphaleron transition baryogenesis

• # Discussion

Approximate nonnegative matrix factorization algorithms

That's all. -162.158.62.119 22:04, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

super cali fragilistic expiali docious Bo Lindbergh (talk) 22:26, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Over at Language Log they have fun documenting bewildering "noun piles". In the post noun pile blog post madness for example

data bound control table row action links

JohnB (talk) 23:59, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

All cyanobacteria are unicellular. That word is just an imposition. Nitpicking (talk) 02:25, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Cyanobacteria come in various types, such as unicellular, filamentous or colonial. Or even part of a composite organism such as lichen. Plastids, which are intracellular endosymbiotic organelles are technically acellular cyanobacteria. 162.158.165.8 04:31, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
Plastids are still unicellular. Living as endosymbionts doesn't make them multicellular, it makes them endosymbionts. Colonial unicellular organisms are still unicellular. 108.162.219.188

Cueball could be Randall copying down the phrase into his collection. 173.245.54.131 03:10, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Yea that is clear from it being one of my hobby. Have changed the explanation. --Kynde (talk) 09:32, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
I thought that Cueball was typing the phrase in to Google to figure out what it meant. Dansiman (talk) 13:54, 26 August 2020 (UTC)

I was expecting these would in fact all mean something incredibly simple. I'm a little disappointed :( 198.41.238.108 04:03, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

My undergraduate research was on fluxional behavior in zwitterionic isoindoline complexes, so this struck close to home.Eärendil (talk) 04:17, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

The phrase from the caption really satisfying-sounding five-word technical phrases also meets (almost) every criteria it states (except maybe 'technical') - having read many of Randall's comics, I can't imagine this to be a coincidence... 172.68.50.54 07:39, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Before reading this explanation, I was convinced these were nonsensical phrases that Randall had made up!162.158.155.168 08:18, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

anomalous electroweak sphaleron transition baryogenesis - roughly translates out of Jargon as Weird Forces Slippery change creation 162.158.155.228 11:33, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I really want to dive into the word relationships within these 'semantically multityped divaricatedly polyconstructed descriptors' and see how much or little they obey the 'rules' for word order of component adjectives, etc. Maybe when I get a piece of paper and pencil and a bit of time to tease them apart. ;) 162.158.155.240 13:02, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Horrifically enough, Pachelbel's Canon uses five chords: I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V . (It's deeply hated by us musicians who have to play it at weddings and whatnot). Beethoven's 6th: AllegroMaNonTroppo; AndanteMoltoMosso; Allegro; Allegro; Allegretto. Mahler's Fifth: in short terminology, Pan&Bacchus; Flowers; Animals;Man,Angels; Love . Cellocgw (talk) 13:06, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I don't believe Cueball is looking up the phrase when he types A-N-O-M... I think he's just typing the phrase into the file where he collects the 5-word phrases, as it's listed as the last of his favorites in the bottom section of the panel. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 13:11, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Yea that is clear from it being one of his hobbies to collect them. Have changed the explanation. --Kynde (talk) 09:32, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

I had a foundling dog diagnosed with "Juvenile Canine Psychogenic Polydipsia - Polyurea. He also had five different kinds of parasites. Pwydde (talk) 21:37, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

I've noticed that Epson loves five word names for its inkjet papers, such as "Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte" Tanana (talk) 23:37, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

“Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery.” Might be one best not to know about.

dear 162.158.2.216, thankyou for giving us something to not think about! oh and please sign your comments ocæon (talk) 20:18, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

"Stationary ergodic Gaussian random processes" were the central part of a university project I did just a month ago ! 141.101.69.159 19:56, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

My new favourite is Dynamic Organic Anthropomorphically Engineered Entropy. 162.158.159.66 21:59, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

"and then proceed to type the phrase into his phone to add to his list of favorite Five Word Jargon" - That's not how I understand the comic. I thought he was typing it to look up the term on Google. That is also supported by this discussion about the previous comic #2325 on the XKCD sub-reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/xkcd/comments/hhcgej/randalls_done_it_again/fwh1vl6/ 172.68.215.166 04:04, 4 July 2020 (UTC)

An intermediate phase Type-II superconducting plate suspended in a gradually increasing strong uniform applied magnetic field will have its core penetrated by individual cylindrical magnetic flux quanta together forming an induced quantum supercurrent vortex lattice with a minimized field energy spacing parameter that exhibits quasi-bifurcating meta-stable equilibrium state trajectories that form a transitory phyllotactic fluxon lattice spiral before reaching critical field flux density limits. 172.69.50.78 23:16, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

I would say it should be "Exhibit" instead of "Model", but that would be gauche. Ysth (talk) 12:40, 13 July 2020 (UTC)

Medicine is full to the brim with crazy terms like those above. Here are two contributions to the compendium of five-word jargon: "pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta" and "tuberculosis cutis miliaris acuta disseminata", but there are many more. Johanvs (talk) 04:55, 11 January 2021 (UTC)