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The following rebus regards something commonly done, in certain places; it's debatable as to whether or not this is a fair practice.

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

My guess:

Grading on a bell curve

It may not be fair because

It doesn't matter how well you do in the course, only how well you do compared to the other students in your class. If you're in a class with a bunch of underachievers, it would be easy to get a top score and thus a passing grade. Meanwhile, your friend might have class amongst the smarties and do just as well as you, but receive a lower grade.

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This is correct! I give you 100%, and the other two answers get a 90%. snicker – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 16:36
Never would have got this but fits perfectly! Well done – DasBeasto Mar 17 at 16:47
Maybe I'm dumb, but how did you get grading from systematization? o_O – Sabre Mar 17 at 19:41
Grading is really a more narrow definition for "sorting". – feelinferrety Mar 17 at 19:44

Is it

Over ordering


systematization = making a system/order and tintinnabulation = chime/ring. There is a line separating them like a fraction with order over ring...over ordering.

Something commonly done, in certain places; it's debatable as to whether or not this is a fair practice.

People often take other out to dinner and offer to pay for their tab. It is polite to not order too much as it will become expensive. However, some people will take advantage of the free meal and overorder. It's debatable if it's fair because the person did offer to pay in the first place.

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Nice try, but don't forget to take into account the shape of tintinnabulation. Get the second half and it might make it easier to get the first. – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 15:50

My lame guess is:

Ordering around


systematisation (creating a system / creating order) + Tintinnabulation (ringing sound), which is then made round. So... Order ring around.

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Good try, but you're on the right track. – Khale_Kitha Mar 17 at 15:31

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