Perhaps under the influence of a recent question
on *perverse sheaves*,
in conjunction with the impending $\pi$-day (3/14/15 at 9:26:53),
I recalled a long-ago parody of abstruse mathematical language
that I can no longer remember in detail nor find by searching.

I am not seeking merely
"examples of colorful language,"
as in that earlier MO question, but rather parodies
almost in the Alan Sokal *Fashionable Nonsense* sense
(although I don't think he parodied abstract mathematics directly).

I am partly motivated by the possible educational advantage of self-mockery (or self-awareness), tangentially related to an MESE question, "Wonder as Motivation." But I ask here to tap into the likely greater density of mathematicians working in abstract fields ripe for parody.

. Can you provide examples of (or pointers to) intentionally comicQparodiesof abstruse mathematical language, written by knowledgeable mathematicians so that they could (in another universe) make mathematical sense.

actualintellectual bankruptcy in certain academic circles, where nonsense dressed up in jargon could pass muster. I can't think of examples where "abstruse" fields of mathematics are ripe for a similar kind of parodizing, since we make a point of being careful and at least somewhat rigorous, unless we're talking about the output of outright incompetents. And I confess that I don't understand the boxed question; what is meant by "(in another universe) make mathematical sense"? Could you give an example of what you mean? $\endgroup$writingper se, but perhaps relevant. $\endgroup$10more comments