BRAIN FOOD: Words-worth - Behind the curve

BRAIN FOOD: Words-worth - Behind the curve - 'He's a bit behind the curve,' said DTI minister Patricia Hewitt on the Today programme about a businessman who'd dared to disagree with her. But which curve is that? In America, students are marked 'on the cur

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

'He's a bit behind the curve,' said DTI minister Patricia Hewitt on the Today programme about a businessman who'd dared to disagree with her. But which curve is that? In America, students are marked 'on the curve': fixed proportions get top and bottom grade and the rest come in the middle. On a graph, this distribution forms a bell-shaped curve. Slow people are 'behind the curve'. Clever Ms Hewitt is 'ahead of the curve' - not to be confused with the older British expression 'round the bend'.

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