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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

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We agonize over the dumbing down and degrading of American culture in favor of mindless and depressing time fillers.
As a teacher, however, I have mixed feelings about the practice of dumbing down the classics even for pedagogical purposes.
Each of his victims has launched their own version of the dumbing down argument in recent weeks.
If the Brit press is to be believed, dumbing down is virtually a given: News reporting has become infotainment, the Labour government favors pop culture over the arts, the BBC has strayed in pursuit of ratings, the likes of "Shakespeare in Love" belittle the Bard.
The everyday use of bad language on TV and in films has contributed to a dumbing down of our children
But they were hidden away, so if they hide their best programmes people get the impression they're dumbing down.
Nearly half the chapters are devoted to Canadian film and television, acknowledging the enormous influence Canadians have had on the dumbing down of North American humour.
So no personal angst, then, that he was dumbing down.
When he announced the watchdog reforms in September last year, Mr Balls said he wanted to end the annual August debate about dumbing down.
I am wholly in favour of expanding educational opportunity, but it should not be at the expense of dumbing down what is being offered.
There is an inevitable dumbing down of the system in order to retain the small number of students who want to study these subjects in the first place,' he said.
PAMELA Anderson and Jordan had better watch out - as boxer Chris Eubank is waging war on boob jobs Chris, as well known for his eccentric dress sense as his wins in the ring, reckons the time has come to fight bad taste and dumbing down.