Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dunning-Kruger on the rise

The Washington Post reports on the Dunning-Kruger effect:

During the election and in the months after the presidential inauguration, interest in the Dunning-Kruger effect surged. Google searches for “dunning kruger” peaked in May 2017, according to Google Trends, and has remained high since then. Attention spent on the Dunning-Kruger Effect Wikipedia entry has skyrocketed since late 2015.
I learned about the Dunning-Kruger effect in 2010 from a David Pescovitz post to Boing Boing. D-K helped me understand so much about the perspectives of students with serious writing deficits. In October 2016 I came up with the name Dunning K. Trump.

I don’t know what it means that an article about the Dunning-Kruger effect has an error in subject-verb agreement. Did you catch it in the excerpt?

Related reading
All OCA Dunning-Kruger posts

comments: 4

Slywy said...

"has remained high" should be "have remained high"
—Proofing is us

Michael Leddy said...

LOL. I’m wondering now if someone at the paper wil spot it.

Elaine said...

Plus a comma that does not belong....

Michael Leddy said...

I’m thinking that you mean the comma before “according to Google Trends”? To me that looks like a comma of seasoning — put it in, leave it out, whichever you prefer. I made up “comma of seasoning” for teaching, to describe commas that are matters of taste, not clearly right or wrong.

Elaine, you might be interested in reading about The New Yorker style of “close punctuation”.