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8 Comments

  1. Chris Lehmann

    April 25, 2007 - 5:40 pm

    Dare we take that to the level of metaphor?

  2. dan

    April 25, 2007 - 5:57 pm

    I’m trying to imagine what that could mean but metaphor’s a litttttle outside the math teacher’s job description.

  3. Steve

    April 25, 2007 - 8:09 pm

    I think it’s a succinct way of expressing the difficulty to translating to another point of view. Looks like someone’s been practicing their design skills. You’re lookin sharp, pal.

  4. H.

    April 25, 2007 - 8:52 pm

    “I’m trying to imagine what that could mean but metaphor’s a litttttle outside the math teacher’s job description.”

    Maybe so. But consider the literal meanings of, for example,
    “completing the square”
    graphing an equation”
    “raising to a power”
    height of a triangle”
    “multiplying”
    “integrating”

    Such an interest in metaphorical origins of math expressions might just be another expression of math people’s stereotypical affinity for bad puns, though…

  5. dan

    April 25, 2007 - 9:36 pm

    Ah, there it is. Thanks, fellas. Steve, you missed your calling. H., we oughtta set up a pun wiki and just get ’em out there.

  6. Smurf

    April 30, 2007 - 10:34 pm

    I would have pointed the other way … just to confuse them :o)

  7. Ms. Cornelius

    May 2, 2007 - 2:27 pm

    I know exactly what you mean! But look at it this way– if you ever go to England, you have practice in negotiating the roadways in a car. Just think of a right turn as a left turn (Pause and look before turning across traffic) and a left turn as a right turn (pause and turn around a corner).

    Worked like a charm.