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 working on a Ph.D. dissertation or academic paper anywhere!
It has long been known = I didn’t look up the original reference.
A definite trend is evident = These data are practically meaningless.
While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions = An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.
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 of pop.
It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs = I don’t understand it.
After additional study by my colleagues = They don’t understand it either.
Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to Cindy Adams for valuable discussion = 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.