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A BRIEF GUIDE TO SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE

The following phrases, frequently found in technical writings,
are defined below for your enlightenment.

   

Phrase

Translation


It has been long known........................
It is known.........................................
It is believed.......................................
It is generally believed.........................
There has been some discussion.........
It can be shown..................................
It is proven..........................................
Of great theoretical importance.............
Of great practical importance...............
Of great historical importance...............
Some samples were chosen for study...
Typical results are shown....................
Correct within order of magnitude.........
The values were obtained empirically....
The results are inconclusive.................
Additional work is required...................
It might be argued that.........................
The investigations proved rewarding.......


I haven't bothered to check the references
I believe
I think
My colleagues and I think
Nobody agrees with me
Take my word for it
It agrees with something mathematical
I find it interesting
This justifies my employment
This ought to make me famous
The others didn't make sense
The best results are shown
Wrong
The values were obtained by accident
The results seem to disprove my hypothesis
Someone else can work out the details
I have a good answer to this objection
My grant has been renewed


 

> From Benny Peiser's CCNet Website, January 26, 2006

 

Serious Stuff


Lee Hoyz, Robert. 2007. "Most Science Studies Appear to Be Tainted By Sloppy Analysis." The Wall Street Journal, September 14, p. B1.

Toor, Rachel. 2010. "Bad Writing and Bad Thinking." The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15.
 

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