“SOME scientists say…,”

I have recently relived one of my memories concerning accurate information on websites. My Grade. 7 Power Info teacher, gave us a sheet with a sample blog post that used what I find to be misleading and vague: some scientists. When I asked about that”some scientists”, because I did not find it wrong, she said something about you know, how that “some” refers to a group or two, not exactly a large group of people verifying information, right? Exactly, so apparently the correct way is to say “scientists”. That is even more misleading than “some scientists”.  

There are actually many fields of science. Scientist just refers to anyone who works and studies/researches under the vagueness called science. Of course, people who work under a certain field are titled with that field: meteorologist, psychologist,  etc.  Fields of science are like: Earth, Chemistry, Physics, Dermatology, Botany, Biology, etc…  To say scientist is like saying that some Psychologist claimed that lavender essential oil irritates  skin in the lower layers. That should be a Dermatologist’s job, not a psychologist’s. Saying “scientists”  basically means any scientists in any category.

Instead say: Researchers say that… ” , this appeals to the fact that research has been done in the category of the topic, so dermatology in the lavender case. Or say that: “Dermatologists say that..”, this is accurate because this is the dermatologist’s field of science, and is much more specific. Just don’t say “some dermatologists”, unless some actually claimed whatever.


Author: Henri Darkner

Life is harsh. Love is harsh. God makes it better. I've always loved to read, and daydream too. I love literary pairings in sounds and text, styles and images. My favourite book is 1984 by George Orwell.

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