- Room Intelligence Quotient Originally from the stand-up comedy subculture. The level of intelligence of an audience or group. Typically used as a pejorative term to indicate that you will have to do material that appeals to the lowest common denominator. Can be used in any group situation, especially business meetings.
He spent his entire set doing West Virginia sister and wife jokes. That should tell you what the R.I.Q. is.
Speak slowly when you give your presentation - I have a bad feeling about the R.I.Q.
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