Afterword: The word “paradigm” comes from the Greek word 'paradeigma' which originally referred to a pattern, example, or sample in scientific study. The contemporary use of “paradigm” and related buzzwords has broadened and muddled the meaning as paradigm has, fairly recently, been applied to various contexts as a label for something fundamentally important. If an essay is considered paradigmatic, it is given the connotation of setting a precedent or being evolutionary in a particular school of thought. In more informal settings, hot dogs are considered to be a paradigmatic American food. By overreaching the original boundaries of the term “paradigm”, the academic jargon surrounding the root noun has lost its definiteness in contemporary media, whether that be covering the thesis paper providing a new paradigm for educational practices, or the news article discussing the latest social paradigm shifts caused by Covid-19. There’s a hazy general understanding revolving around paradigms, providing accuracy while hindering the precision of language.
A paradigm is a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about.
Hey Google, what's a paradigm?
Agreed! Paradigms are usually important, but does anyone know what they are? Hmm let me think...
it's not quite the same as the other definition... "paradigm shift" doesn't seem like an effective label for the company's latest updates
A paradigm shift is an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way
Hey Siri, what's a paradigm shift?
...for example, COVID-19 is creating a paradigm shift in nearly every aspect of modern life
I guess that "paradigm" is just a fancy word for "precedent" or "norm". Why don't we just use those terms instead of confusing everyone?
"nearly every aspect" hmp! I can't even get my haircut right now. Unprecedented time, indeed.
I hate to break it to you mate, but you don't have hair...