methodology vs method : Common Errors in English

About methodology vs method

A fondness for big words isn’t always accompanied by the knowledge of their proper use. Methodology is about the methods of doing something; it is not the methods themselves. It is both pretentious and erroneous to write “The architect is trying to determine a methodology for reinforcing the foundation now that the hotel on top of it has begun to sink.”

methodology Meaning(s)

  • (n) the branch of philosophy that analyzes the principles and procedures of inquiry in a particular discipline
  • (n) the system of methods followed in a particular discipline

method Meaning(s)

  • (n) a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
  • (n) an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed

methodology in News

  1. Life in U.S. most expensive in Hawaii, New York, DC: report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Life is most expensive for people living in Hawaii, New York and Washington, D.C., and cheapest for those in South Dakota, North Dakota and Mississippi, according to U.S. government data released on Wednesday. The Commerce Department posted the statistics as a prototype - it may change the methodology it used in the future - and the data only goes to 2011. Nonetheless, the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. New College Aid Formula Is Out, Penalizes Savers Additional 25%

    The 2014-2015 update to the federal college aid formula (Federal Need Analysis Methodology) has been announced, and like last year's update, it penalizes parents that save - even
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Forbes

  3. NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes Announces Methodology Changes to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index

    NEW YORK -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. today announced changes to the methodology of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index(R) .
    on June 10, 2013 Source: GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance

method in News

  1. Carnegie Mellon method uses network of cameras to track people in complex indoor settings

    ( Carnegie Mellon University ) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method for tracking the locations of multiple individuals in complex, indoor settings using a network of video cameras, creating something similar to the fictional Marauder's Map used by Harry Potter to track comings and goings at the Hogwarts School. The method was able to automatically follow the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

  2. New method successfully scores joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis

    ( European League Against Rheumatism ) A new study presented at EULAR 2013, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, demonstrates the efficacy of the ARASHI method at evaluating radiographic joint damage in RA.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

  3. Remedies for Hair Loss | “10-Minute Method” Instructs People How to Get the Healthy Hair Naturally – V-kool

    10-Minute Method created by Dave Nelson is a new hair loss treatment book that provides people with natural remedies for hair loss, and detailed instructions on how to grow back their hair fast. A full 10-Minute Method review on the site indicates if the book is worth buying. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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