[LMB] OT: intelligence (was Re: Cetagandan population)
Stephen T. Wright
NCC1701 at uwyo.edu
Tue Jun 22 18:29:50 BST 2010
Weird is, well, one of those weird words.
I don't think it's weird to have to consciously learn to spell weird.
It's one of those fun features of the English language, where things don't fit the normal rules.
I before E except after C, except in cases of neighbor and weigh...weird doesn't make the list of exceptions, oddly enough.
From: lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk [mailto:lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk] On Behalf Of Meg Justus
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Subject: [LMB] OT: intelligence (was Re: Cetagandan population)
> More than that, they are just a skill that people can learn. Just as
> people can become good chess players, people can become good test takers.
Test-taking is like spelling. It can be learned, but for some people it
just comes naturally.
I've never had to study spelling (except for a few words -- I had to
consciously learn how to spell the word "weird," for some weird reason), and
I've never had to learn how to outfox standardized tests. I just knew how
from the getgo.
But I've spent most of my life not being able to live up to my test results.
Which can be incredibly frustrating.
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