Language of Nursing and Medicine for Students

  1. The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you understand the fuzzy language of nursing and medicine.

    "IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN"...
    I didn't look up the original reference.

    "A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT"...
    These data are practically meaningless.

    "WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS
    TO THE QUESTIONS"...
    An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it published.

    "THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED STUDY"...
    The other results didn't make any sense.

    "TYPICAL RESULTS ARE SHOWN"...
    This is the prettiest graph.

    "THESE RESULTS WILL BE IN A SUBSEQUENT REPORT"...
    I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.

    "IN MY EXPERIENCE"...
    Once.

    "IN CASE AFTER CASE"...
    Twice.

    "IN A SERIES OF CASES"...
    Thrice.

    "IT IS BELIEVED THAT"...
    I think.

    "IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT"...
    A couple of others think so, too.

    "CORRECT WITHIN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE" ...
    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

    "ACCORDING TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS"...
    Rumor has it.

    "A STATISTICALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE
    OF THESE FINDINGS"...
    A really wild guess.

    "A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF OBTAINABLE DATA"...
    Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a beer glass.

    "IT IS CLEAR THAT MUCH ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED
    BEFORE A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PHENOMENON OCCURS"...
    I don't understand it.... and I never will.

    "AFTER ADDITIONAL STUDY BY MY COLLEAGUES"...
    They don't understand it either.

    "A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT AREA FOR EXPLORATORY STUDY"...
    A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

    "IT IS HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WILL STIMULATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION IN THIS FIELD"...
    I am pleased to feed you bulls**t.
    Last edit by betts on May 12, '03
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   jadednurse
    :roll
  4. by   WashYaHands
    Loved it, thanks!

    Linda
  5. by   lisalue
    This is great, THANKS!

    Lisa
  6. by   perfectbluebuildings
    I need to add some of these phrases into my paper!! that should make at least an extra page, right....?
  7. by   gwenith
    Goes right along with that emminent authority "some bloke told me"chuckle
  8. by   maire
  9. by   jessjoy
    Those were great....and how true!!!
  10. by   dosamigos76
    Perfect! Gotta pass these along. Thanks for posting them!
    Cheryl
  11. by   Whisper
    These are brilliant! now if only I had read these before my last essay where in

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