Predictably, a communiqué that represents a consensus among such actors expresses a lowest common denominator.
lowest common denominator campaigning and dumb pandering in this country dates back to at least the presidential election of 1800.
But the incident made me realize how easy it is to fall prey to the lowest common denominator today.
The smallest number that can be divided evenly into two other numbers (see common denominator). When fractions with different denominators are added together, their denominators have to be made the same; thus, fractions with denominators of nine and twelve have thirty-six as a lowest common denominator. Seventy-two and 108 are also common denominators for fractions with denominators of nine and twelve, but thirty-six is the lowest.
Note: The term lowest common denominator is often used to indicate a lowering of quality resulting from a desire to find common ground for many people: “This fall's TV programming finds the lowest common denominator of taste.”