COIK

AcronymDefinition
COIKClear Only If Known (said of documentation where a passage is only understandable by assuming some prior knowledge)
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Heretofore, much of the research and publication in "teaching English," contrasted with research in "education," has tacitly assumed that its consumers--usually colleagues rather than students--are already expert readers of literature and so write in a manner that could be called COIK (Clear Only If Known).
Fundamental Zen terms like "naturalness" and "emptiness" and "nothingness" are used in disregard of the COIK principle: Clear Only If Known.
The COIK principle warns us against believing we know what the Buddha and his followers have meant by this word.