The Meaning of Academic Language

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  1. PreachTony

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    This list comprises language often used in academic papers, as well as debate and discussion here at the old BB. Hopefully this will help you understand what a person means when they say one of the following:

    Statement: It has long been known...
    What it means: I didn't bother to look up the original reference.

    Statement: A definite trend is evident...
    What it means: This is a practically meaningless statement.

    Statement: While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions...
    What it means: An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to make people believe what I believe.

    Statement: Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study...
    What it means: The other results didn't make any sense.

    Statement: Typical results are shown...
    What it means: This is the prettiest graph of the bunch.

    Statement: These results will be in a subsequent report...
    What it means: I might get around to this sometime...maybe.

    Statement: In my experience...
    What it means: Once

    Statement: In case after case...
    What it means: Twice

    Statement: In a series of cases...
    What it means: Thrice

    Statement: It is believed that...
    What it means: I think.

    Statement: It is generally believed that...
    What it means: A couple of others think so, too.

    Statement: Correct, with this caveat...
    What it means: Incorrect.

    Statement: According to statistical analysis...
    What it means: Some say...

    Statement: A statistically-oriented projection of the significance of these findings...
    What it means: A wild guess.

    Statement: A careful analysis of obtainable data...
    What it means: Three pages of notes were destroyed when I knocked over a glass of grape Kool-Aid.

    Statement: It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs...
    What it means: I don't have any clue how it works...

    Statement: After additional study by my colleagues...
    What it means: They don't understand how it works either...

    Statement: Thanks are due to Michael Smith for assistance with the experiment and to Sandy Adams for valuable discussions...
    What it means: Mr. Smith did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.

    Statement: A highly significant area for exploratory study...
    What it means: A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

    Statement: It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation into this field...
    What it means: I give up...
     
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    The Meaning of Presidental Language

    Common 0bamian Phrases Deciphered

    "Let me be clear" – I have no idea what I'm talking about but I can make you think I do

    "Make no mistake" – I've made more than enough of them.

    "It won't happen overnight" - I'm not sure how to make this work, I'm only the President, but it sound cool., doesn't it?

    "There will be setbacks and false starts" – We really don't know what we're doing but let's get started anyway.

    "Change isn't easy" - This is going to cost you a lot.

    “Here’s the deal” – Danger Will Robinson!!! Do it my way or else you'll suffer!

    “Win the future” - I've got no new ideas but this sure makes me sound cool to the young fools ... ahh I mean folk.

    “Greater together” – You'd be so cool if you were like me.

    “Shared sacrifice” – This is going to cost you a lot.


    Rob
     

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