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Glossary for research papers
THEY WRITE                                      THEY MEAN
It has long been known that...                  I haven't bothered to look up
                                                the original reference
...of great theoretical and practical           ...interesting to me
While it has not been possible to               The experiments didn't work
provide definite answers to these               out, but I figured I could at
questions.                                      least get a publication out
                                                of it.
The W-Pb system was chosen as                   The fellow in the next lab had
especially suitable to show the                 some already made up
predicted behavior...
High purity...                                  Composition unknown except
Very high purity...                             for the exaggerated claims of
Extremely high purity...                        the supplier
Spectroscopically pure...
A fiducial reference line...                    A scratch
Three of the samples were                       The results of the others
chosen for detailed study...                    didn't make sense and were
...handled with extreme care during             ...not dropped on the floor
the experiments
Typical results are shown...                    The best results are shown...
Although some detail has been lost              It is impossible to tell from
in reproduction, it is clear from the           the  micrograph
original micrograph that...
Presumably at longer times...                   I didn't take the time to find
The agreement with the predicted                fair
curve is excellent
good                                             poor
satisfactory                                     doubtful
fair                                             imaginary good as could be expected                  non-existent
These results will be reported at                I might get around to this
a later date                                     sometime
The most reliable values are those               He was a student of mine
of Jones
It is suggested that...
It is believed that...                           I think...
It may be that...
It is generally believed that....                I have such a good objection
                                                 to this answer that I shall
                                                 now raise it.
It is clear that much additional                 I don't understand it
work will be required before a
complete understanding...
Unfortunately, a quantitative theory            Neither does anybody else
to account for these effects has not
been formulated
Correct within an order of magnitude            Wrong
It is to be hoped that this work                This paper isn't very good but
will stimulate further work in the field        neither are any of the others
                                                on this miserable subject
Thanks are due to Joe Glotz for                 Glotz did the work and Doe
assistance with the experiments and             explained what it meant.
to John Doe for valuable discussions.
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