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A Failing Grade Hasn’t Always Been an “F”

Getting an “F” in school to represent failure or flunking hasn’t always been the case. At one point, an “E” was the lowest grade you could get.

Assigning a letter grade to schoolwork can be traced back to 1897 at Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's university in Massachusetts, which was the first to use such a system. The lowest grade you could receive at the college was an “E,” which…

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Daniel Ganninger

The writer, editor, and chief lackey of Knowledge Stew and the Knowledge Stew line of trivia books. Connect at knowledgestew.com and danielganninger.com