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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

These special phrases are also applicable to anyone reading a PhD dissertation or academic paper.

These special phrases are also applicable to anyone reading a PhD 
dissertation or academic paper.

  a.. "It has long been known" ... I didn't look up the original reference.
  b.. "A definite trend is evident" ... These data are practically 
  c.. "While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the 
questions" ... An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it 
  d.. "Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" ... The other 
results didn't make any sense.
  e.. "Typical results are shown" ... This is the prettiest graph.
  f.. "These results will be in a subsequent report" ... I might get around 
to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
  g.. "In my experience" ... Once.
  h.. "In case after case" ... Twice.
  i.. "In a series of cases" ... Thrice.
  j.. "It is believed that" ... I think.
  k.. "It is generally believed that" ... A couple of others think so, too.
  l.. "Correct within an order of magnitude" ... Wrong.
  m.. "According to statistical analysis" ... Rumor has it.
  n.. "A statistically-oriented projection of the significance of these 
findings" ... A wild guess.
  o.. "A careful analysis of obtainable data" ... Three pages of notes were 
obliterated when I knocked over a glass iced tea.
  p.. "It is clear that much additional work will be required before a 
complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs" ... I don't understand it.
  q.. "After additional study by my colleagues" ... They don't understand it 
  r.. "Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to 
Cindy Adams for valuable discussions" ... Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. 
Adams explained to me what it meant.
  s.. "A highly significant area for exploratory study" ... A totally 
useless topic selected by my committee.
  t.. "It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in 
this field" ... I quit.