DUMBING DOWN
Posted: 06 November 2007 01:14 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This is an expression, a buzz phrase if you will, that seems to be doing the rounds at present. The application of it is clear and the context of its use, however, the origin seems to elusive. Wiki’ and Oxford have no reference for its history. Anyone?

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Posted: 06 November 2007 01:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘Oxford’ but the phrase is certainly in OED and, as you can see from the earliest cite, it’s been with us some considerable time.

dumb down 1. trans. To simplify or reduce the intellectual content of (esp. published or broadcast material) in order to make it appealing or intelligible to a larger number of people. Also in extended use.
1933 H. T. WEBSTER in Forum Dec. 372, I can cheer, too, for the Hollywood gag men in conference on a comedy which has been revealed as too subtle when they determine they must dumb it down.

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Posted: 06 November 2007 01:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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aldiboronti - 06 November 2007 01:36 AM


dumb down 1. trans. To simplify or reduce the intellectual content of (esp. published or broadcast material) in order to make it appealing or intelligible to a larger number of people.

God forbid this might address the psychological shortcomings of the masses.

Dangerous territory.

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Posted: 06 November 2007 03:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Posted: 06 November 2007 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t think this means quite the same thing. In the meaning of the German word, it’s the people who’re made stupid, and in the English, the content of something to be consumed by the people.

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