Yep, there are some numpties about

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by johnmartin, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    This story is a sad reflection on modern Britain.
  2. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    I had read that actually the other day in the news, and couldn't believe it, surely, living in the UK with out winters, it would be fairly obvious that -5 is lower than -3? :confused:
  3. Di

    Di Active Member

    Funny you should say that, I got sent that link about an hour ago. Incredible huh? This bit tickled me.

  4. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    I don't know whether to laugh at or cry for these people!:confused:
  5. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    Oh my goodness... I'm a primary school teacher. I've covered negative numbers with my maths group of 8-9 year olds. I related it to temperature and weather reports and they were all fine with it.

    How embarrassing for the woman quoted in that report!
  6. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    If only she was embarrassed - but she won't believe anyone who tells her she got it wrong, so she doesn't think she has anything to be embarrassed about! Clearly her and the other person in the shop are right and the whole of the rest of the world is wrong... :-?
  7. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    Ha! Yeah, the shopkeeper thought it was right too! Note to self: Always check change!:p
  8. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    I usually find temperature is the main way in which people get negative numbers right. Good to know our teaching is having such good effects.
  9. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Depends on who's adjudicating....... :rolleyes:
  10. alunplugged

    alunplugged New Member

    there was questionnnaire going about the USA

    "who is your favourite american of all time?"

    70% of all answers were...................

  11. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Where and when did the term "numptie" originate?
  12. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    They could've just been talking about the modulus....or something....

    I'll get me coat :oops:
  13. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Its an old Scots term for an idiot. Possibly derived from a Scots shortening of the word numbskull.
  14. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

  15. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

  16. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    Interesting that you see it as a reflection of "modern" Britain. I don't suppose it would have been better understood 50 years ago. Although it is quite astounding.
  17. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    50 years ago the Government hadn't spend the previous decade interfering in schools, ploughing billions of pounds into things that really weren't necessary while systematically undermining things that actually worked, socially engineering intakes at all levels, making teaching one of the most difficult jobs around...and then telling us all that they had improved the education system to the best ever.

    That story could only happen in modern Britain because 50 years ago, it was accepted that not everyone was academically gifted and suited to education - in other words, it wouldn't have been 'news'.

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