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Universal Rating Scale
There are plenty of finer gradations. I got 'critically endangered/extinct in the wild' on my exam, although the curve bumped it all the way up to 'venti.'
Title text: There are plenty of finer gradations. I got 'critically endangered/extinct in the wild' on my exam, although the curve bumped it all the way up to 'venti.'

Explanation

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In this comic, Randall has blended many traditional rating scales to create a "universal rating scale". Unfortunately, the mixing of these scales creates a scale that is impossible to use. Alternatively, it can be perceived as a way of comparing the different scales, for instance to answer a question like "Is it worse to get a 2 or an F?"

Scale of zero to ten (but with an 11, because people often add that to exaggerate - see up to eleven about the meme)
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11. The number 9 is omitted.
Competitive scores, such as in the Olympics (ordinarily from 0.0 to 10.0, perfect)
10.0
Scale of agreement
strongly disagree, disagree, agree, strongly agree
School grades (there are also B, C, D, and others with + or -)
F, A, A+
S - Schools in Japan may use the S grading, from the Japanese shū (秀), meaning excellent. Many video games also use S grading, and some (such as Beat Saber) use SS as a rank above (though SS is not shown in the webcomic.)
Restaurant or entertainment ratings
1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars, 4 stars
Conservation status (this is only a subset of the nine groups in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species)
extinct, critical, endangered, least concern
Starbucks brand beverage sizes (there is also short and trenta)
tall, grande, venti
MPAA age-appropriate film ratings took effect November 1, 1968 with G, M (now PG), R (not shown in comic) and X (now NC-17)
G, PG (as of February 11, 1972, replaced GP), PG-13 (introduced July 1, 1984), NC-17 (introduced September 1990, replaced X)
ESRB age-appropriate ratings for video games (there is also EC for early childhood, E for everyone, E10+ for Everyone 10+, M for Mature, and AO for Adults Only)
T for teen
Happiness emojis
Frowny face, neutral face, smiley face
Coin grades
F, G, VG, UNC for fine, good, very good, uncirculated
Hurricane/cyclone strengths, Saffir–Simpson scale (ordinarily categorized from category 1 to category 5)
Category 5
Tornado intensities, enhanced Fujita scale (ordinarily categorized from 0 to 5)
EF-5
Credit (and other) ratings
A, AA, AAA

Transcript

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[Caption above the frame:]
Universal Rating Scale
[A vertical scale, with 45 gradations, labeled]
0
1
Strongly Disagree
F
[star] ☆
Extinct
Tall
2
G
Critical
[frowny face] ☹
3
endangered
[two stars] ☆☆
PG
Disagree
VG
4
Grande
5
PG-13
[neutral face] 😐
6
T for Teen
7
[three stars] ☆☆☆
Agree
Venti
8
Least Concern
[smiley face] ☺
A
Strongly Agree
Category 5
EF-5
NC-17
UNC
AA
[four stars] ☆☆☆☆
A+
S
AAA
10
10.0
11


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