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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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We think the underestimation of tumour-causing cells is a general problem in many cancers, not just specific to melanoma," he said.
The degree and frequency of loss underestimation is troubling and places uncertainty on the adequacy of current loss reserves," noted Standard & Poor's credit analyst Grace Osborne.
However, this track record was disrupted in 1999 by a substantial operating loss triggered primarily by the company's underestimation of medical cost trends.
If this pattern of underestimation holds true for the human genome, the previous estimate of its size at 3.
Participants explored the major issues they saw as chief impediments to women's career advancement: lack of mentors; women's underestimation of the importance of informal networks; built-in, often unconscious, company biases that reward aggressive, competitive models of behavior rather than collaborationist, empowering styles that are identified with women; difficulties in relocating families (fast becoming equally true for men); work and family balancing issues; perfectionist tendencies common to many women; and the need for women to take greater responsibility for their own advancement.
Underestimation of standard errors in generalized additive models linking mortality to ambient particulate matter.
Yet, its decision regarding the status of [occupied] Jerusalem shows Washington is anything but realistic about expectations, and its vision has been obscured by dangerous underestimation of the complexity and sensitivity surrounding the Holy City.
Although not all interludes--Sally's role as a spy in a maharajah's harem, for example--are pertinent to the plot, the constant underestimation of Sally's abilities, the many eccentric companions she encounters and the rollercoaster narrative offer plenty of entertainment in a tale that reaches a most satisfying conclusion.
Age underestimation appears to happen because the growth rings cease to form or become unreliable beyond a certain size or age.
Originally published in French as Le temps des humilies: Pathologie des relations internationals in 2014, this book examines how humiliation became a major concept in international relations, how it structures the contemporary international system, and how its underestimation explains impasses in international negotiations and aspects of new international conflicts.
The parade only indicates Hezbollah's underestimation of the Lebanese state.
Ljupco Popovski comments in Utrinski vesnik that those who followed the public discussion in the assembly during the "hearing" of Janeva witnessed an entire show of mockery, insults, belittlement, underestimation, disparagement, lecturing and disputing which was addressed against special public prosecutor Katica Janeva.
CCT must be assessed in patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PXF) in order to avoid the underestimation of IOP.
Beesley said: "I think (there's a) worry about underestimation and also I've never seen a team go through any league campaign without winning or drawing a game.
Congruence features include the mean of the absolute difference, proportions of congruence categories (CCs: underestimation, congruence, and overestimation), the amount of agreement, and the correlation between PSRP and observer-rated pain [3,4,13].