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Finally! Academics Describe Their Research in Terms We Can Understand

A few weeks ago, The Chronicle Review published an essay by Steven Pinker that took academics to task for their incomprehensible writing.

“In writing badly,” wrote Mr. Pinker, “we are wasting each other’s time, sowing confusion and error, and turning our profession into a laughingstock.” The implication is that academese could use a grand stroke of simplification.

What follows, however, might be taking things a little far.

Researchers took to Twitter over the weekend to rally around the hashtag #emojiresearch, attempting to describe their research in emojis—the little smiley faces and other caricatures ubiquitous in text messaging, among other platforms.

See if you can decipher the modern-day hieroglyphics. And join the conversation to describe your own research.

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