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the lowest common denominator

The portion of society that is the least sophisticated or has the lowest level of taste. The phrase is often used when referring to the market for what one perceives as a tacky product or a base form of entertainment. I want to go see a movie, but everything in the theater is for the lowest common denominator. Don't they make films for people who think anymore?
See also: common, denominator, low
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Close inspection of the posttests also showed that when EAI students continued to make errors, many of the errors had to do with finding a common denominator.
6,7) We were unable to calculate rates for motorcycle travel because denominator data were not available.
Simply that proper fractions with N as denominator, where N has factors other than 2 or 5, will produce repeating sequences of length (N - 1) or less.
This QI is not risk-adjusted and the denominator is all residents, but is considered a sentinel health event.
Before fractions can be added or subtracted, they must have the same denominator.
In the case of a data protection/business continuance plan, the common denominator should be an automated tape solution," says Bob Raymond, StorageTek's manager of Tape Product Engineering.
The revenue procedure requires taxpayers to estimate the amount that moves from a 50-percent limitation to 100-percent deductible excluding strata where 80 percent or more of the population was sampled and use that in the denominator of the calculation of relative precision, even though these strata are part of the sample and the sampled items in them are reviewed.
Finding a common Arab denominator for Iraq is not too difficult and must not take too long.
A few are reducible to a kind of Urban Outfitters common denominator or a rainy-day project dreamed up by bored reality-TV housemates.
Titled "Lowest Common Denominator Lobbying" (May 1983), it describes how Washington lobbyists am prisoners of the worst elements of the group they represent, the loudmouths who can make trouble for them at the group's next convention unless they toe the extremist line.
That is difficult and that is why 90 per cent of all Djs are crap, going for the lowest common denominator to fill the dance floor.
Still, regardless of these factors, there is a common denominator in managing today's financial aid office, and that common denominator is metrics--the data and trends that need to be maintained, monitored, analyzed, and routinely compared, in order for you to know if you are actually doing the right things, and if you're doing them the right way.
The disadvantage stems from the fact that the numerator and denominator for the degree ratio are based on different populations.
Home-care surveillance poses several unique challenges, including lack of nationally accepted standard definitions and surveillance methods, loss of patient follow-up, lack of trained infection control personnel in home-care settings, difficulty in capturing clinical and laboratory data, and difficulty in obtaining numerator and denominator data.
Excellent performance and productivity is measured and managed best through a careful understanding of the economics of an enterprise as reflected in a simple numerator and denominator.