On being stumped
Non-Academic: "I don't know"
Academic: "I can't answer that with any degree of precision."
Explaining a Graph
Non-Academic: "Just looking at it, it seems that the trend is..."
Academic: "Applying ocular econometrics to it, it seems that the trend is..."
Elsewhere, Ali also notes things only an economist would say:
An economist is defined as a person who asks a question that no one else does, and answers it in a way no one else understands.
This is from an important paper I'm studying these days:"This estimator answers the question, if this newspaper were a congressperson, how Republican would that congressperson's district be?"
The funny thing is, that with my economist's hat on, the question becomes serious and relevant. But then I take my economist's hat off, and giggle like a little girl!