Glossary of Useful Research Phrases

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"It has long been known ..."
(I didn't look up the original reference.)
"A definite trend is evident ..."
(These data seem practically meaningless.)
"Of great theoretical and practical importance ..."
(Interesting to me.)
"While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questions ... "
(This was an unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it published.)
"Three of the examples were chosen for detailed study."
(The others made no sense.)
"Typical results are shown."
(The best results are shown.)
"The most reliable results are those obtained by Ward."
(He was my grad assistant.)
"It is believed that ..."
(I think.)
"It is generally believed that ..."
(A couple of other guys think so too.)
"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of these phenomena is possible."
(I don't understand it.)
"Correct within an order of magnitude."
(Wrong.)
"It is hoped that this study will stimulate more work in this field."
(This is a lousy paper but so are the others in this crummy field.)
"Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experimental work and George Frink for valuable discussions."
(Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it meant.)
"Careful analysis of obtainable data ..."
(Three pages were obliterated when I knocked over a lass of beer.)
"Statistically oriented projection of the findings."
(Wild guess.)
"Highly significant area for exploratory study."
(A totally useless topic suggested by my committee.)

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