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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Then along comes a bunch of 'wannabe' presenters, dumbing it down and giving our ears a makeover of similar proportions to that conducted by the likes of Carol Smillie and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen.
So-called dumbing down has made real stars out of people such as Claire Sweeney and Brian Dowling.
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 BBC was accused yesterday of "dumbing out" for spending its entire pre-school budget on children's favourites, the Teletubbies.
The winning group was, the Times reported, "at the forefront of efforts to reform science education by making it less abstract, less about H20 and more about water." In this case, it's pretty clear who's doing the dumbing down.