I ran across a couple of ways NOT to reference figures in the text.
Bad Example #1:
Figures 5 and 6 graph the relationship between porosity and permeability for the two rock types.
The verb “to graph” means to plot on a graph. The figures didn’t graph themselves. A person graphed those figures.
Those two figures show or illustrate the relationship you want the readers to see.
Bad Example #2:
Figure 3 pictorially represents the stratigraphy of the field.
How verbose! Again, “shows” or “illustrates” would be preferable to “pictorially represents.”
And I prefer “shows” because it doesn’t get in the way, just like quotations are best attributed by the simple phrase “he said.”
Here’s another no-no concerning references to tables in the text.
Bad Example #3:
Results are tabulated in Table 4.
That’s just plain redundant.
Results are listed in Table 4.
Results are shown in Table 4.
Results are given in Table 4.
Profound Thought of the Day:
Today in the Dear Abby column of the newspaper was a poem by the late Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1923-2010.
I thought it was deep, moving, and thought-provoking. And I thought that Sunday’s assignment was the hardest – for me, anyway.
Decide to Forgive
Decide to forgive
For resentment is negative
Resentment is poisonous
Resentment diminishes and devours the self.
Be the first to forgive,
To smile and to take the first step
And you will see happiness bloom
On the face of your human brother or sister.
Be always the first
Do not wait for others to forgive
For by forgiving
You become the master of fate
The fashioner of life
A doer of miracles.
To forgive is the highest,
Most beautiful form of love.
In return you will receive
Untold peace and happiness.
And here is the program for achieving a truly forgiving heart:
Sunday: Forgive yourself.
Monday: Forgive your family.
Tuesday: Forgive your friends and associates.
Wednesday: Forgive across economic lines within your own nation.
Thursday: Forgive across cultural lines within your own nation.
Friday: Forgive across political lines within your own nation.
Saturday: Forgive other nations.
Only the brave know how to forgive.
A coward never forgives.
It is not in his nature.