Wednesday, May 18, 2005

While Her Mouth Flaps Admirably to Him

Psychologists once used to gauge mental disability with a classification system that has since been abandoned. The system worked like this:
  • Those with an IQ range of 70-80 were considered "borderline deficient."
  • An IQ of 50-69 meant you were officially a "moron."
  • IQs between 20-49 qualified you as an "imbecile."
  • And the those below 20 were "idiots."
The only aspect of this outdated system that still survives today is the phrase "idiot savant."

And a "cretin," by the way, is a person suffering from "a congenital condition caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone during prenatal development and characterized in childhood by dwarfed stature, mental retardation, dystrophy of the bones, and a low basal metabolism." It's also known as congenital mysedema.

3 comments:

  1. Gague: antonym for segue, i.e., to halt or "gag" someone from continuing onto another topic.

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  2. i clearly meant "gauge."

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  3. I know. I was making up a new word for you for future reference.

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