I may be described as anal retentive for bringing this up, but I have noticed for years now that people commonly use the term "steep learning curve" to describe something that takes a long time to learn. Does anybody here agree with me that this is a misnomer? Here’s my case: The learning curve is the graph you get when you plot proficiency vs time spent mastering some learned behavior. Now, where I went to school I was taught that when you graph anything that has to do with time, time always is assigned to the x-axis. This means that an easily learned task has a learning curve that is steep, i.e. proficiency increases quickly with time. Conversely, with a task that is difficult to learn proficiency will increase slowly with time- producing a shallow learning curve. Does anybody care? Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!