Papermaking Lexicon: One trend in philosophy of language in the last fifty years tends toward the notion that words are not confined by the physical objects or processes they describe—and that definitions are generally flexible and fluctuating, essentially dependent on the point of reference of the individual using them. While generally abstract concepts (such as emotional states) are subject to a variety of definitions, this idea of fluid meaning raises concerns for technical vocabularies. Papermaking, in many ways an art, nevertheless involves precise methods of creation and requires a specific vocabulary.
The importance of a standardized lexicons across disciplines has historically been a preoccupation of artists and scientists alike. When Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus introduced the binomial nomenclature system into the study of the natural world in the 1750s, it revolutionized the way that scientists and naturalists communicated. However, lay people still continued using vernacular names for plants and animals, fostering a wide variation in terminology. For the most part, the lexicon of papermaking is standardized across numerous glossaries and dictionaries—but unlike the system of binomial nomenclature, its terms derive more from vernacular usage. Whereas “ream” has nearly the same meaning for most papermakers, “jazz hands under water” is a charmingly localized term.
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