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11 Vague Phrases Every Undergraduate Uses In Their Essays and What They Really Mean

If you’re an undergraduate who has somehow managed to write an essay without using the following shamelessly vague phrases, then I really don’t think you’re doing it right…

1. This essay will explore…

Translation: I’m not going to use the word ‘argue’ because you and I both know that I don’t have an argument. I don’t have a clue, but I do have a deadline. Here we go.

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2. There is a rich critical discourse surrounding this debate…

Translation: I will be adding absolutely nothing new to this debate.

3. Some critics claim that…

Translation: I didn’t take down a page reference, so you’re going to have to take my word for it that someone once said this.

4. See figure one…

Translation: Please be distracted from the poor content with this pretty picture.

5. Hence…

Translation: The six coffees I’ve had just kicked in and I’m feeling fancy. Enjoy my flair whilst it lasts.

6. Nevertheless it is also interesting on the other hand to consider that…

Translation: I can’t get to the point because, as previously established, I don’t have one.

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7. However, I digress…

Translation: That bit was all irrelevant but mama needs that word count.

8. This is just one example…

Translation: This is literally the only example of this.

9. Considering the historical context…

Translation: I’m pretty sure there was a war- or something- happening at the time.

10. etc…

Translation: I’m tired. I’m so very, very tired. Please just take my word for it.

11. In conclusion…

Translation: Right, time to wrap this up, it’s 6AM and I haven’t slept. I’m sick of this essay, and I’m sure you’re sick of reading it, so I’ll put us both out of our misery and sign off. The end. Bye.

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