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Just got this through email from a number of my friends I went to school with at Michigan. This article is so true, especially at Michigan's College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

In the world of architecture, especially in academia, there is an alternate language that differentiates the neophytes from the virtuosos. Architectural rhetoric often exploits common English for its own purposes, but words are just as easily created from scratch. This transition can be quite confusing, and those outside the architecture circle have an even greater disadvantage. Many times, interlopers are baffled when they stumble across a design review because they come in thinking that they will hear about buildings and leave pondering the existential nature of phenomenological paradigms. The kicker is that the architects were talking about buildings the entire time.
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