Most of the Stats department is currently moving from the leafy park-like north end of campus back to the glass and concrete Tower of Science. While we’re in transit, here’s a bogus poll on statistical terminology.
Distributions can be classified as to whether they produce more outliers or fewer outliers than a normal distribution. The terms are “platykurtic” (same Greek root as platypus, meaning “flat”) and “leptokurtic” (Greek root meaning “thin”)
Update: answer, and potentially discussion, in the comments
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