From: Eric McLuhan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 6:48 AM
Subject: Research phrases
A GLOSSARY OF USEFUL RESEARCH PHRASES:
"It has long been known that..." = I didn't look up the original
"A definite trend is evident". = These data are practically
"...of great theoretical importance". = Interesting to me.
"Time and time again..." = I've seen two cases of this.
"In case after case after case..." = I've seen three cases of this.
"Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study". = The others
made no sense.
"While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these
questions..." = The experiment was unsuccessful, but I still hope to
get it published.
"Typical results are shown". = The best results are shown.
"The most reliable results are those obtained by Jones". = He was my
"It is believed that..." = I think...
"It is generally believed that..." = A couple of other people think
"Correct within the order of magnitude". = Wrong
"A statistically oriented projection of the findings..." = A wild
"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a
complete understanding of the phenomenon is possible". = I don't
"A careful analysis of obtainable data..." = Three pages of notes
were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of beer.
And (recognize this one?)
"A highly significant area of exploratory study..." = A totally
useless topic suggested by my thesis committee.