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The true meaning of scientific phrases

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2009/07/03 09:51 AM RssIcon

Ever wonder what those scientific dudes are talking about? I just hate it when people smother facts or lack there of with useless industry words. Problem is I have been guilty of that myself. In most cases, it has been when I wanted to hide something or not reveal the complete truth. Here is tongue-‘n-cheek look at some scientific phrases and what they could possibly mean. Have fun and enjoy, you deserve a laugh now and then.

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 assume If you believe this, you'll believe 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 further study The others didn't make sense, so we ignored them
The 4 hour sample was not studied I dropped it on the floor
The 4 hour determination may not be significant I dropped it on the floor, but scooped most of it up
The significance of these results is unclear Look at the pretty artefact
It has not been possible to provide definitive answers The experiment was negative, but at least I can publish the data somewhere
Correct within an order of magnitude Wrong
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 required This paper is not very good, but neither are all the others in this miserable field
These investigations proved highly rewarding My grant is going to be renewed
I thank X for assistance with the experiments and Y for useful discussions on the interpretation of the data X did the experiment and Y explained it to me

Do you have any more you can add? Leave them in the comment box below, so that we can all share in the laughter.

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