mediocre : Common Errors in English

About mediocre

Although some dictionaries accept the meaning of this word as “medium” or “average,” in fact its connotations are almost always more negative. When something is distinctly not as good as it could be, it is mediocre. If you want to say that you are an average student, don’t proclaim yourself mediocre, or you’ll convey a worse impression of yourself than you intend.

mediocre Meaning(s)

  • (s) moderate to inferior in quality
  • (s) lacking exceptional quality or ability
  • (s) poor to middling in quality

mediocre in News

  1. Weekly Review: Demographic Shift In Employment

    Who are the victims in the mediocre employment situation? It is not people over 55, women, Hispanics or the educated. Please note that the graphs below are indexed on the
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  2. The U.S. Economic Recovery: Long, Slow, but Still Going

    Growth is mediocre, but there's no sign of overheating in any market
    on June 14, 2013 Source: BusinessWeek

  3. Ugly Road Trip Ends for the Los Angeles Angels

    COMMENTARY | Road trips are as American as apple pie, baseball and watching an unhealthy amount of mediocre television. And leaving behind the problems of home could've been just what the Los Angeles Angels needed to get their heads straight.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

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