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Tafiti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 03:07 PM
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"A for effort" or "E for effort" - which is correct?
Had a heated debate about this at a bar last night - it was 2 against 2. I googled it, and found this explanation on Yahoo! Answers, but don't know if it's correct:

E for Effort came from US Government public service advertisements during World War 2. Employees were encouraged to increase productivity to support the war. One way to award productivity was a pin with the letter E.

I have an "E for Effort" pin that was given to my father.


Can anyone shed some light on this?
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 03:14 PM
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1. They're different contexts
'E' stands for effort, as in the example you've given. But one can get an 'A' for effort, as in "That's givin' it the old college try!"



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Tafiti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 03:24 PM
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2. I kind of figured
both were probably correct. We weren't sure if it was a regional thing because all 4 of us are from different states. I've always heard "E for effort", but I understand why "A for effort" makes sense. I just always thought saying E instead of A was just a patronizing, condescending, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek way of conveying the same idea -- as in, I'm not even giving you a real letter grade, but I'll give you an E for effort.
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Ava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-08 03:45 PM
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3. i thought that when saying "a for effort"
(in an educational setting) it is a reference to the grade "a" and not to the first letter of effort
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