Purely because I haven’t posted this here yet… It’s old, but still pretty funny.

Definitions of terms commonly used in academia

It has long been known:
I didn’t look up the original reference.
A trend is evident:
These data are practically meaningless.
Three of the samples were chosen for study:
The other results didn’t make any sense.
Typical results are shown:
This is the prettiest graph.
In my experience:
Once
In case after case:
Twice
In a series of cases:
Thrice
It is believed that:
I think
Correct within an order of magnitude:
Wrong.
It is generally believed that:
A couple of others think so too.
According to statistical analysis:
Rumor has it.

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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  1. invaderxan says:

    So true… Like how “a typical example is shown” pretty much always means “this was the best one we could get!” :)
    The other classic phrase (which you see a lot in astrochemistry) has to be “These data are not inconsistent with the predictions.”.

  2. invaderxan says:

    Re: Two Things
    Hehehe… Brilliant. You rock! :)

  3. “Three of the samples were chosen for study: The other results didn’t make any sense.”
    Rofl. I think that’s the funniest one, because it’s the closest to reality. ;)

  4. Two Things
    1. *points to icon*
    2.

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