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A Guide to Effective Scientific CommunicationWe have all heard lacturers say these phrases, and have often been frustrated by them. With the aid of this translation table though, the truth is revealed and we can be comforted by it! I am not sure who the author is. Thanks to Chris for forwarding it to me.
Phrase Translation ================================================================= It has long been known I haven't bothered to look up the reference It is believed I think It is generally believed A couple of other guys think so too It is not unreasonable to If you believe this, you'll believe assume anything Of great theoretical I find it kind of interesting importance Of great practical importance I can get some mileage out of it Typical results are shown The best results are shown 3 samples were chosen for The others didn't make sense, so further study we ignored them The 4 hour sample was not I dropped it on the floor studied The 4 hour determination may I dropped it on the floor, but not be significant scooped most of it up The significance of these Look at the pretty artifact results is unclear It has not been possible to The experiment was negative, but provide definitive answers at least I can publish the data somewhere Correct within an order of Wrong magnitude It might be argued that I have such a good answer for this objection that I shall now raise it Much additional work will be This paper is not very good, but required neither are all the others in this miserable field These investigations proved My grant is going to be renewed highly rewarding I thank X for assistance X did the experiment and Y explained with the experiments and it to me Y for useful discussions on the interperetation of the data