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10-23-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by overlords View Post
In french, (and maybe even in english in some definitions) mediocre means less than average.
Well, when the word derives its meaning from Latin for "middle of the mountain", not "just below the middle of the mountain"...

Mediocre as a negative stems from failure to meet above average expectations. Maybe the French culture is more punitive linguistically when it comes to failing to meet or live up to expectations? Either way, when the context involves a scale with only three grades (bad, mediocre, good), obviously mediocre is meant to encompass the full spectrum of the middle ground, leaving good/bad to cover the ranges at opposite ends. Which is to say, mediocre kind of has to cover everything from just slightly bad to just slightly good in at least some way here.

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