from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Technical jargon: "The playwright can send up the garbled technobabble of modern bureaucracy as expertly as anyone” ( Peter Marks).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Technical or scientific language used in fiction to convey a false impression of meaningful technical or scientific content.
- n. From the point of view of the layperson, technical and scientific literature not understood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. technical jargon incomprehensible to non-specialists; -- sometimes used derogatorily of discussions using unnecessarily technical terminology and intended to impress or confuse, rather than inform, the listener.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. technical jargon from computing and other high-tech subjects
And the fantasy fan insists that all that "technobabble" is what's wrong with sf, doesn't understand that the explanation of things, events, inventions, is a celebration of the Man's ability to succeed in a harsh world.
I really like Eureka, although the technobabble is getting very old.
They are what is known in technobabble as force multipliers, and they enable you to use a .30/06 (for example) where you would have had to use a .338 years ago.
And I'm really glad the technical details of how the time loop was created and sustained are somewhat glossed over without devolving into technobabble, which is what I was expecting.
Yet at the same time, the film depends so profoundly on Japanese anime-styled technobabble, which is so alien to Western SF that, outside of the context of animation, it sounds ridiculous, and the film's English subtitles, originally directly translated, had to be adapted to make it conform reasonably to Western SF consumers 'expectations.
I agree that Ron Moore's aversion to "technobabble" seems to consist of simply not explaining anything.
If I could take all of the meaningless 'technobabble' scenes out of films I would.
In Star Trek, the term "technobabble" was created to describe the nonsense you would often hear when Geordi or Data would explain how something on the Enterprise worked.
There’s a lot of this kind of technobabble sprinkled around MS products once you get past the really obvious errors.
For those whose eyes glazed over during all the legalbabble (which is what lawyers use in place of technobabble), allow me to summarize:
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