Deciphering academic papers – 9 examples of academic gibberish

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Deciphering academic papers – 9 examples of academic gibberish
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One of our claims is that we translate ‘academic’ into human. Only sometimes we can’t!

Not because of any lack of intellect on our behalf but due to the gibberish that emanates from the pens of academics around the world. I am often asked for examples so here are nine we have come across this year.

As we approach the silly season I thought I would share some of the rubbish we have to filter through to ensure our members get the good stuff.

Juicy

This first one came from a paper published in an international business journal

Juicy

 

Experts

Our second entrant this year is this interesting nonsense

gibberish

The myth-symbol

This third entry reads more like it was a meth-symbol

Myth-symbol

Rearticulation

They are not kidding!

Rearticulation

The ruse of desire

The ruse of English articulation…

Spurious

Errant paternal phallus

A cock-up in other words

Phallus

Imaginary totality

We wish.

Imaginary totallity

Rapt, mindless fascination

Yup, we know that feeling.

Rapt mindless facination

Thought…

Only not as we know it.

Thought

So as you read our blogs, the Research Briefings and The Oxford Review this season, spare a thought for those of us tasked with turning academic in human – it often requires a super-human effort.

Best wishes

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David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and conducts research at a number of universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He has worked with many organisations as a consultant and executive coach including Schroders, where he coaches and runs their leadership and management programmes, Royal Mail, Aimia, Hyundai, The RAF, The Pentagon, the governments of the UK, US, Saudi, Oman and the Yemen for example. In 2010 he developed the world's first and only model and programme for developing emotional resilience across entire populations and organisations which has since become known as the Fear to Flow model which is the subject of his next book. In 2012 he drove a 1973 VW across six countries in Southern Africa whilst collecting money for charity and conducting on the ground charity work including developing emotional literature in children and orphans in Africa and a number of other activities. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advanatage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillian. See more: About: About David Wikipedia: David's Wikipedia Page

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