Method-ology T-shirt with the "ology" part crossed out

Words I Don’t Use, Part 1: “Methodology”

Today, I will begin a brief sequence of blog posts that I’ll call “Words I Don’t Use.” I hope you’ll have some fun with it, and maybe find a thought or two worth considering.

The first word I’ll discuss is methodologyYes. I made a shirt about it.

Approximately 100% of the time in the [mostly non-scientific] world that I live in, when people say “methodology,” they’re using it in the form that American Heritage describes as a pretentious substitute for “method.” But methodology is not the same as method. Methods are processes. Sequences of steps. Methodology is the scientific study of methods.

I like this article called “Method versus Methodology” by Peter Klein, which cites the same American Heritage Dictionary passage that I quoted on page 358 of Optimizing Oracle Performance.


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