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Subject: [SO.PHILLY] Mysterious Phrases Explained (finally!)
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 09:12:02 -0500
I rec'd this on another list and thought (hope) it would be appropriate for
all of us Philly Listers!
The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you
understand the mysterious language of science and medicine. These
special phrases are also applicable to anyone reading a PhD
dissertation or academic paper.
"IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN"...I didn't look up the original reference.
"A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT"...These data are practically
"WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THE
QUESTIONS"...An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it
"THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED STUDY"...The other
results didn't make any sense.
"TYPICAL RESULTS ARE SHOWN"...This is the prettiest graph.
"THESE RESULTS WILL BE IN A SUBSEQUENT REPORT"...I might get around
to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
"IN MY EXPERIENCE"...Once.
"IN CASE AFTER CASE"...Twice.
"IN A SERIES OF CASES"...Thrice.
"IT IS BELIEVED THAT"...I think.
"IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT"...A couple of others think so, too.
"CORRECT WITHIN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE"...Wrong.
"ACCORDING TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS"...Rumor has it.
"A STATISTICALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE
FINDINGS"...A wild guess.
"A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF OBTAINABLE DATA"...Three pages of notes were
obliterated when I knocked over a glass iced tea.
"IT IS CLEAR THAT MUCH ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE A
COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PHENOMENON OCCURS"...I don't
"AFTER ADDITIONAL STUDY BY MY COLLEAGUES"...They don't understand it
"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.
"A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT AREA FOR EXPLORATORY STUDY"...A totally
useless topic selected by my committee.
"IT IS HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WILL STIMULATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION IN
THIS FIELD"...I quit.