Scale of one to ten

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A scale of one to ten, or scale from one to ten, is a general and largely vernacular concept used for rating things, people, places, ideas, and so on.[1][2] The scale has 10 as a maximum score, as a denotation of exceptionally high quality or of another attribute, usually accompanying 1 as its minimum, although some common variants have a minimum of 0. Such a scale is similar in function to other rating scales, such as star ratings which are typically out of five.

Ratings below 1 or above 10 are common hyperbole. The "up to eleven" idiom is an example of this.

The "Perfect 10" score in gymnastics is an example of 10 on such a scale being used to indicate perfection.

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  1. ^ Mass Media Research: An Introduction, Roger D. Wimmer, Joseph R. Dominick, 2006, 468 pages, p.55, webpage: GB5: quote, "A 10 is best or perfect, a 1 is worst or incorrect".
  2. ^ "Please mark the box by the word that best describes your home", U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, April 1999, webpage: H: quote, "neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 10? (1 is worst, 10 is best)".