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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?
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Based on the pretest sample, prior math research, and our previous findings, we anticipated students would make the most mistakes in Combining (C: Student combines numerators together and denominators together), Add All (AA: Student adds together all the numbers of the fractions and finds a total sum), Select Denominator (SD: Student uses one of the denominators in the answer without finding the equivalent fraction), and Equivalent Fractions (EQ: Student makes an error when attempting to find an equivalent fraction).
A team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated injury rates for various modes of travel in the United States over the period 1999-2003 inclusive, using a person-trip denominator.
The next most interesting denominator will be 2 x 13 = 26, because of the strange property shown by 13.
In this case, the denominator would be those residents who are coded with frequent or occasional incontinence on the current assessment.
The special rule does not apply here and the U stock held by K (the EAG member) must be excluded from the numerator and the denominator in accordance with the general rule.
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 common denominator of all the projects is that they improve a military installation's strategic mobility.
But the second and more fundamental common denominator is an absence of internal oversight.
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.