5. Vocabulary: Words to Think With

Language shapes our ability to think. Words provide us with representations of particular thoughts and offer a mechanism for communicating thoughts among ourselves. The richness, variability, and subtlety of our thoughts are reflected in the size of our vocabulary. When we discover new things, we invent (or borrow) new words to express our discovery. When we want to make critical distinctions between or among similar notions, we use specialized vocabularies. The use of special vocabularies is common in our professional lives because, as specialists, we need to become familiar with unique ideas and to make important distinctions that as laypersons we might not make.

Object-oriented development has its own specialized ...

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