USEFUL RESEARCH PHRASES (TRUE MEANINGS)
"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.]
"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" . . .
"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" . . .
"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.]