Precision of language is of incredible importance when describing scientific results. Those subtle distinctions can make all the difference between a paper that accurately reports on a study and one that distorts its conclusions. For example, though authors frequently transpose “necessary” and “sufficient”, there is an ocean of difference between what each word means when describing a phenomenon.
Things get even more murky when the popular press describes research. In the video below, Joshua Krisch talks about some of the words and phrases we often see misused.