dumbed down


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dumbed down

(jargon)
Simplified, with a strong connotation of *over*simplified. Often, a marketroid will insist that the interfaces and documentation of software be dumbed down after the designer has burned untold gallons of midnight oil making it smart. This creates friction.

See user-friendly.
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He added: "It had clearly been dumbed down. There were not enough testing questions for the best candidates."
Perhaps those people who say standards have been dumbed down should take the exams themselves.
But a Department for Children Schools and Families spokeswoman insisted the education system had not been "dumbed down".
Yes, S&T has been dumbed down, and to its detriment!
This has led to fears the exams have been dumbed down under pressure to boost pass rates.
IF, as we're told, standards of the Three Rs have slumped to their lowest level in seven years, leaving thousands of primary schoolchildren unable to read, write or do maths, it rather makes a nonsense of denials from education experts and parents who insist GCSE exams haven't been dumbed down.
The announcement came amid a row over whether reforms had "dumbed down" school maths and concerns that poor numeracy will undermine Britain's economic competitiveness.
The question is not whether we are being dumbed down, but rather, what makes our hearts beat fast?
The reason: Ant's comedy isn't gay comedy for gay audiences; it's gay comedy dumbed down for straight audiences.
All of these great stories are wondrously brought to life with Rebecca Guay's beautiful color illustrations in the style of great fairy tale books, and though The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories is meant for young and old alike, the tales are not dumbed down for young readers but are superbly presented in all their glory or sorrowful tragedy, as the case may be.
Medical training is at risk of being "dumbed down" in efforts to meet Government staffing targets, doctors' leaders warned today.
Opening track Cheap Old Watch was nothing better than organised tomfoolery while Your Say and Metal Is For M*** F*** proved the Edinburgh outfit are little more than a dumbed down version of Rancid.