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2491 Views 32 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2007 1:42 PM by SingItRight RSS Go to original post 1 2 3 Previous Next
  • Deadpixel Legend 321 posts since
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    15. Jun 10, 2007 9:53 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    quote:


    Originally posted by chumsae:

    I wasn't aware that stupider was actually a word, but it can still be argued that it was a poor choice of vocab.


     



    Can you think of a comparative degree adjective that doesn't need a modifier (i.e. less) which means stupid?

    I came up with:
    Dumber (bad choice)
    Stupider
    Slower (obvious issues here)

    If I had said less intelligent (or smart, clever, etc) that would have just given the sentence and academic tone. It was supposed to be punchy.

    That is all.

  • xcrunner97 Pro 110 posts since
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    16. Jun 10, 2007 8:40 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    quote:


    Originally posted by Deadpixel:

    Can you think of a comparative degree adjective that doesn't need a modifier (i.e. less) which means stupid?

    I came up with:
    Dumber (bad choice)
    Stupider
    Slower (obvious issues here)

    If I had said less intelligent (or smart, clever, etc) that would have just given the sentence and academic tone. It was supposed to be punchy.

    That is all.


     



    geez big words. i think your just tryin to sound smart now. i dont doubt you are smart, that was just kinda overkill
    im an honors student and im on xc so i guess i fit the rules.

  • jeff19 Pro 210 posts since
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    17. Jun 11, 2007 4:42 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    No-xc doesn't take as much talent-it takes more determination. Look at a kid whose 6'8" and has a vertical jump of 28 inches-natural basketball player

    Kid who is big and runs fast-footballer.

    Skinny kid with a work ethic?...um, Cross Country!
    Seriously-anybody who does base training diligently for 8 months a year HAS to be good if they have a coach-maybe not great, but certainly good.

    Now look at that 5'4" guy with a leap of 9"-no matter how hard he works, he'll never really be anywhere near as good at basketball as his enormous friend.

    Or the 140 pound Junior who has lifted weights since he was six-kicker, maybe, but never fullback.

    Wrestling is like this-it does require everything-speed, agility, strength, and so on, but mostly just hard work. Many EXCELLENT wrestlers weren't ever really good at other stuff.
    Dan Gable (best wrestler of all time anywhere) said, "You give me a kid with average talent, and if he does what I tell him to, (work out 3 times a day, hard) He will be a national champion".

    I personally think running is the same way-which is why I like it.

  • little wing Pro 114 posts since
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    18. Jun 13, 2007 12:52 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    quote:


    Originally posted by theworkinprogressgirl:

    Our entire xc team is entirely made up of people that are on the honor roll and take advanced classes. Is this just a coincidence or is anyone else's team like that too? If so, what do you think is the reason?


     



    I know how that is. At my college everyone has put on tracks. I, II, III. Track I is like they let you in even though you don't meet the requirements because we have an open door policy, Track II is the one most people are on, and Track III is like you basicall go way over the requirements so you take different classes than the usual gen eds. well, most of my XC was on III. maybe a few of us were on II. and they are all practically straight A students or almost are. I started at I because of my low ACT score but got moved to II because I got good enough grades. Also it seems like most my team has alittle bit of Type A personality characteristics so I have often wondered if there is a correlation between cross-country runners and being really good at acedemics and do a million other things too.. It might be that that both require alot of discipline that most people don't have.


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  • Ray69Ray Amateur 30 posts since
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    19. Jun 13, 2007 11:10 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    my trak team-Oakcrest won South Jersey Sectionals, and we have a lot of very good athletes, but most of them are all thugs and are pretty dumb as well

  • SingItRight Rookie 4 posts since
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    21. Jun 19, 2007 9:45 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    Huh - as far as I know I'm the only runner in my school, so that's an interesting theory you've got...

  • XxMoxX Expert 63 posts since
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    22. Jun 19, 2007 2:25 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    Hmmm, this is interesting.
    The sprinters on track are mostly people with lower grades (except for me and a couple others who take honors/AP and get really good grades, and we were all scholar athletes last season)
    Most of the distance runners are in honors/AP, and xc, which is pretty much all of the distance runners (and me for the first time this year).
    But it's not like we're geeky.

  • funrun129 Rookie 6 posts since
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    23. Jun 21, 2007 4:12 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    well, this definitely happens at my school. All the varsity athletes are on ap and honors, and some of the better jv's.
    I think it's just because of the hard work factor.

    People who work hard in school obviously have the ambition to do well, so they would take that ambition and put it into everything they do, in this case, running.

  • TeleTurner Pro 190 posts since
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    24. Jun 21, 2007 4:53 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    I dunno, I'm definitely the dumbest of my friends...although the average GPA of my friends last semester was probably a 4.8 (mine was a 4.3) and one of them is the current valdictorian...

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  • Crazy1004 Legend 1,032 posts since
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    25. Jun 21, 2007 9:49 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    GPA is such a stupid way of measuring "smartness".




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  • the kenyan Legend 1,152 posts since
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    26. Jun 21, 2007 10:10 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    and high schools that would weigh grades badly enough to let you have a 4.8 wont be taken seriously by most colleges anyway

  • bruncle Legend 725 posts since
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    27. Jun 22, 2007 12:57 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    quote:


    Originally posted by chumsae:

    I wasn't aware that stupider was actually a word, but it can still be argued that it was a poor choice of vocab.

    Though, I can't be called an idiot for writing quickest instead of slowest, because Deadpixel stated that the dumber the runner at her/his school, the faster they are.

    decides you're an idiot instead and that some of you are trying to act like crazy



    You misunderstand. Stupider is a word, therefore there is nothing wrong with Deadpixel's vocab and he is smart. Because he is smart, he must be slow, so he is one of the slowest runners at his school

    RE comparative form of stupid: 'He is more stupid than me' sounds wrong, 'He is more stupid than I am' maybe. 'He is stupider than me' is what I would say. There aren't any hard and fast rules about which words take more and which ones take -er, it depends how easy it is to say.

  • TeleTurner Pro 190 posts since
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    28. Jun 22, 2007 5:57 PM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    quote:


    Originally posted by the kenyan:

    and high schools that would weigh grades badly enough to let you have a 4.8 wont be taken seriously by most colleges anyway


     



    Well most colleges will unweight the GPA anyway but you make it sound like a 4.8 is a joke. A 4.8 is just a lot of AP classes.

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  • captaink12 Rookie 2 posts since
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    29. Jun 23, 2007 11:43 AM (in response to theworkinprogressgirl)
    Re: Smart Runners

    my entie teams like that..over here we have this thing called a scholar team, and you have to have a 90 or over cumlative average for the varsity runners. our team has had that ever since i can remeber

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