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no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of...

The full saying is "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people/public," or some variation thereof, meaning that people being swindled won't realize or question it, which makes them a prime source of income for others. It is typically attributed to writer H.L. Mencken. A: "We can't sell this shoddy product to people!" B: "Oh please, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."
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no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of...

The full saying is "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public," or some variation thereof, meaning that people will gladly accept something lowbrow or inferior, which makes them a prime source of income for others. It is typically attributed to writer H.L. Mencken. A: "We can't pitch this script to the studio—it's truly awful!" B: "Oh please, no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public!"
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In the majority of the subsets in which CCs were found to be dependent upon the PSRP category, underestimation was associated with the severe PSRP category; the two exceptions were the association of congruence and no-pain PSRP category for the "absence of pain experience in the past 24 h" subset and the association of overestimation and no-pain PSRP category for the subset "others" among "cause of pain" moderator.
For the group who were not willing to donate organs, the underestimation was greater among South Koreans (M = -53.
In our study, the percentage of underestimation was high for expensive products (e.
Education of consumers through calorie menu labelling and other outreach efforts might reduce the large degree of underestimation.
Needle size makes a difference when it comes to the issue of underestimation of DCIS or invasive cancer.
For example, notwithstanding the well-known underestimation of services exports, ASEAN's service exports to China and India have been strong, at an average annualized growth rate of 29 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.
This strong underestimation of sea ice thinning and drift acceleration in models would imply that former projections for an ice-free summer in the Arctic by 2100 .
It's no underestimation to say the staff there are miracle workers and we are very proud of them.
This may have resulted in underestimation of the true incidence of microbleeds in the general population and underestimation of associations between risk factors and incident cerebral microbleeds, the investigators noted.
Summary: CAIRO - A TV advertisement about a quilt that contains the Egyptian flag's colours and called the revolution's quilt has raised the Egyptians' ire as they consider such commercial an underestimation the Egyptian revolution.
However, underestimation of high-grade disease was lower (26% overall underestimation of CIN 2 or 3 or adenocarcinoma in situ [AIS]) on earlier biopsy specimens than on those collected on the same day as definitive treatment (57% overall underestimation of CIN 2 or 3 or AIS).
That run was worth a RPR in the mid-150s and an official mark of 148 could prove a serious underestimation of a horse for whom connections still harbour Champion Hurdle aspirations.
Zaki added: "Such a comparison made by Aoun reflects naivety and underestimation.
The bright side is there but the pessimism is fogging our sight, besides the underestimation of our abilities is holding us still.
It was said at the time that there were "billions" of combinations, but in the event this turned out to be an underestimation, a major underestimation.