Reacting to Rick Hills' post on the opacity of intellectual prose, Frank Wilson writes:

C.S. Lewis once made a similar point - that jargon is perfectly legitimate shorthand. But he also felt that no one should be granted a Ph.D. who could not take a paragraph of jargon-laden prose and translate it into the common tongue. This, he said, would probably end up being about three times as long as the original. But if the candidate could not do it, we had no way of knowing for sure that he understood it.

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