The most overused word
Once upon a time, I would tell people, “If you can’t get through a sentence without saying you know 10 times, please don’t speak to me!”
At least that was 2 words in a row.
And now? The most overused word has 4 letters, starts with F, and rhymes with truck.
Every time the word assaults my ears 20 times in 5 sentences I keep wondering if we’ve just discovered the world’s best IQ test.
I don’t have a lot of faith in the ones presently used. They’re supposed to test your verbal intelligence and what I like to call, “The other one.”
No two IQ tests are alike, and scores can vary. The first one I took was administered by a college student in a room with a white table and fluorescent lights. That was a disaster. The second one was 25 points higher, and the third was 9 points higher than that.
Did I mention that was the verbal IQ? The other one hovered between 30 and 40 points lower — and that’s why the nice man at disabled student services tested me for a learning disability. In a nutshell, this was the result:
- Verbal IQ: Graduate school level
- The other one: Elementary school
It means that “The other one” can’t be used against me to determine my intelligence, but I would just love to see another test added to the mix.
We need a test for social/emotional intelligence, and I have just the way to measure it!
For the last test, the participant has to wait in a room with a one-way window. The window inexplicably becomes translucent. The tester appears to be talking with an alien (a grey one would do nicely).
a grey hand appears to reach through the window and the number of times the test subject screams the F word is recorded.
The higher the number, the lower score s/he gets for social/emotional intelligence.
See? Wasn’t that easy?
There is a simpler way to test IQ. Just ask.
This is the 5 finger test for intelligence taught to me by a psychologist. You can ask someone to raise the number of fingers that represents their IQ:
- 1 finger = below normal
- 2 fingers = normal
- 3 fingers = above average
- 4 fingers = bright but no genius
- 5 fingers = genius
I raised 3 1/2 fingers. Apparently, that doesn’t count.
Most people pick the right number of fingers, except the ones that are insane.
Turns out, he was insane.
But remember: Just because he’s crazy doesn’t mean he’s wrong.
©Joelle (too smart for my own good) LeGendre