I learned a new word in a workshop the other week: Orthogonal. It means “at a right angle to” in the same way that “diagonal” doesn’t. X and Y axes are “orthogonals”, so are longitude and latitude.
Words like that make me shiver with pleasure. The problem is that though I find them exciting and sexy, other people can find them really off-putting. (I guess it depends on whether you found reading an exciting escape from the humdrum as a child or whether it was what you were forced to do when it was too wet to play football). Anyway, I held up the meeting and said “back up a minute, what does that mean?” But you can’t do that when you are reading a document.
Ultimately words are there to communicate, so although “orthogonal” is undeniably funky, it makes more sense to use “in another dimension” to put the point across. Shame though. It’s an oddly satisfying word.
Almost worth buying a Smart car to do some orthogonal parking.