One day when I was in high school, in civics, I believe it was, we took an entire class period off because the schoolboard was requiring our teacher to discuss with us reasons to vote. They gave her a bunch of those over-head sheets that had pictures that went along w/ stuff that she was to read to the students. It started out with the kind of stuff you would expect, like how people died to protect your right to vote etc., but then she read something along the lines of, "the word idiot comes from a greek word meaning, 'person who does not vote.'" I don't know if any of the other students were paying attention, but I took this as a personal insult to my intelligence. Days later, when I was in the school library, I happened upon a book. I don't remember the name for this sort of book, but it was the type with word origins in it. So I looked for the word idiot, and although I don't remember exactly what the book said, I know that it said nothing of greek, much less anything about not voting. So the next day I asked the teacher about this, and she just said something like, "oh whatever, I just read it 'cuz it's my job." It's sad how little respect people have, don't you think?