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A Little Self Deprecation in Tetrahedron

This caught my eye while reading Tetrahedron this morning. At first I thought it was a mistake, but then I realised that it was also in the PDF as well, presumably okayed by the authors. I think it's pretty funny to see this title in the TOC with 'Orginal Research Article' next to it:

Strangely, the rest of the paper seems quite confident. I guess time will tell.

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  1. At least their reagents are the right way up:


  2. IMHO, this is only a mistranslation. I know for sure that Frenchies are far from being all fluent in English (I know my people) so that probably meant to be “a few” or “some”.

    • Yeah, I think you’re probably right. A French girl in my lab often makes this mistake (saying ‘few’ instead of ‘a few’). It is funny to be invited out for ‘few beers’ after a viva, though!

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