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Useful Research Phrases and What they Really Mean

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Useful Research Phrases and What they Really Mean

“It has long been knownâ€â€¦

(I didn’t look up the original reference.)

“A definite trend is evidentâ€â€¦

(These data are practically meaningless.)

“Of great theoretical and practical importanceâ€â€¦

(Interesting to me.)

“While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questionsâ€â€¦

(An unsuccessful experiment but I still have to get it published)

“Three of the samples were chosen for detailed studyâ€â€¦

(The results of the others didn’t make any sense.)

“Typical results are shownâ€â€¦

(The best results are shown.)

“These results will be shown in a subsequent paperâ€â€¦

(I might get around to this sometime if I am pushed.)

“The most reliable results are those obtained by Jonesâ€â€¦

(He was my graduate assistant.)

“It is believed thatâ€â€¦

(I think)

“It is generally believed thatâ€â€¦

(A couple of other guys think so too.)

“It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding occursâ€â€¦

(I don’t understand it.)

“Correct within an order of magnitudeâ€â€¦


“It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigations in this fieldâ€â€¦

(This is a lousy paper, but so are all the others on this miserable topic.)

“Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to George Frink for valuable assistanceâ€â€¦

(Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it meant.)

“A careful analysis of obtainable dataâ€â€¦

(Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of beer.)

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