ATG Quirkies: If There Is an A, B, C, D, F Grade Why Is There No E?

According to this post on the Quora website “the modern letter grade system began at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1897. The system was picked up by other schools and within about 20 years had become the norm across America.” Initially,  “E” was the bottom of the grading scale but it was soon replaced by “F” for a very practical reason: “F for failed” was more intuitive and just made more sense.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)




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