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    Useful Research Phrases

    Useful Research Phrases and What They Really Mean[edit]

    "It has long been known" . . . [I didn't look up the original reference.]

    "A definite trend is evident" . . . [These data are practically meaningless.]

    "Of great theoretical and practical importance" . . . [Interesting to me.]

    "While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questions" . . . [An unsuccessful experiment but I still have to get it published.]

    "Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" . . . [The results of the others didn't make any sense.]

    "Typical results are shown" . . . [The best results are shown.]

    "These results will be shown in a subsequent report" . . . [I might get around to this sometime if I'm pushed.]

    "The most reliable results are those obtained by Jones" . . . [He was my graduate 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 occurs" . . . [I don't understand it.]

    "Correct within an order of magnitude" . . . [Wrong]

    "It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigations in this field" . . . [This is a lousy paper, but so are all the others on this miserable topic.]

    "Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to George Frink for valuable assistance" . . . [Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it meant.]

    "A careful analysis of obtainable data" . . . [Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of beer.]

    "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.]

    "It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in this field"... [I quit.]


    taken from [1] under Psychology Humor / Jokes

    also see Psychology Jokes

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