Re: Anthropological humor - Help! IV

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Mon, 9 Oct 1995 09:25:27 -0600


"It has long been known..."
*Really means:* I didn't look up the original references

"A definite trend is evident..."
*Really means:* Interesting to me

"While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these
*Really means:* An unsuccesful experiment, but I still hope to
get it published

"Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study..."
*Really means:* The results of the others didn't make any sense

"Typical results are shown..."
*Really means:* The best results are shown

"These results will be shown in a subsequent report..."
*Really means:* I might get around to this if I'm pushed

"The most reliable results are those obtained by Jones..."
*Really means:* She was my graduate assistant

"It is believed that..."
*Really means:* I think

"It is generally believed that..."
*Really means:* A couple of other guys think so too

"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete
understanding of the phenomenon occurs..."
*Really means:* I don't understand it

"Correct within an order of magnitude..."
*Really means:* Wrong

"It is hoped lthat this study will stimulate further investigation in
this field..."
*Really means:* This is a lousy paper, but so are all the others
on this miserable topic

"A careful analysis of obtainable data..."
*Really means:* Three pages of notes were obliterated when I
knocked over a cup of coffee

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

Much charitable endeavor is motivated by an unconscious
desire to peer into lives that one is glad to be unable
to share. . . . . Edward Sapir