Pursuit of improved scientific writing demands that we illuminate ambiguous or misused words or phrases that frequently show up in the literature. Once identified, a concerted effort to diminish the incidence of misused phrases would help to clarify the accumulating literature. Toward that end, we have looked in various horticulture journals to determine whether there are clear examples of misused words that should be avoided. Graduate student advisors and journal editors may use their position to influence improved writing by decreasing the misuse of words and phrases.
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