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Super smart. Really?
« on: November 03, 2020, 05:17:49 PM »
I was checking something earlier and discovered that the online Collins dictionary throws up little quizzes, based around words which some people get confused.  If you make the right choice five times in a row it will tell you 'You're super smart'.

I appreciate that words are 'my thing' rather than just a working tool, but...

Having done half a dozen of these mini quizzes and been proclaimed 'super smart' every time I have to wonder if a large portion of the population did in fact learn anything at all either at school or since leaving.

Try the link and tell me what you think.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/quiz/elt/confusables

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« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 05:20:25 PM by Gyppo »

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Re: Super smart. Really?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 05:25:54 PM »
The aim of the site is to show ads so people buy stuff. The tests are deliberately simple. Sorry.
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2020, 05:49:16 PM »
Thus inadvertently proving that adverts don't really work on me ;-)

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Today I had a message saying 'Don't miss these amazing early Black Friday Deals'.  My instinctive reaction was to delete it because it offended me by being early.

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2020, 09:35:26 PM »
All those Facebook tests that "Only a genius will get all 10 correct" and then some of my not very bright friends get all ten correct, have left me doubting the veracity of the testing.

But it is nice to feel super smart.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2020, 09:34:28 AM »
I suspect that genuinely super-smart people don't waste their time doing little on-line quizzes to reinforce their egos.  We know we're super-smart.

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2020, 09:59:06 AM »
Even the best of us sometimes go slumming, Jo ;-)  But we don't stay there too long in case it's catching.

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2020, 02:57:54 PM »
Both of my sisters are teachers. Cheri is still working (remotely) and teaching kindergarten. Pam is watching the grandkids go to remote school while both parents are working from home. Quinn is in kindergarten. So they have a lot to talk about.

We were discussing last evening, the kids who not only don't know the names of the letters, they don't know a letter from a number. It's not too surprising when you show one of these kids an L and they call it a 7. But when they call an M a 7, it is jarring.

Sometimes it is immaturity and they really aren't ready to learn this stuff quite yet and sometimes they show up without having had any parental help to learn such nonsense. These kids eventually get the idea and then they are off and running. And then there are the kids who are off and stumbling and having difficulty well past the kindergarten year. I don't know what we do with people who are just really not very well equipped to read when we live in a near total literate world. They might have been some of the best hunter or gatherers in a different time. They just happen to live now.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2020, 09:20:27 AM »
My guess is, childhood underachieving is usually nothing to do with the child and everything to do with the parents.  If they can't be bothered raising them, they shouldn't be having them.  It's not as if it's inevitable!  If they would talk to their child instead of their phone when they're together, most of these psycho-educational labels that are applied to perfectly normal kids and will dog them for the rest of their lives would suddenly become redundant.

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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2020, 08:58:50 PM »
I'm more supper smart and avoid such promotional tricks... unless I need a break and start playing around like you obviously did.
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Re: Super smart. Really?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2020, 03:33:35 PM »
We didn't even find out what is for supper. I am disappoint.
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