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.

“Iâ€™m trying to imagine what that could mean but metaphorâ€™s a litttttle outside the math teacherâ€™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…

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).

## 8 Comments

## Chris Lehmann

April 25, 2007 - 5:40 pm -Dare we take that to the level of metaphor?

## 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.

## 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.

## H.

April 25, 2007 - 8:52 pm -“Iâ€™m trying to imagine what that could mean but metaphorâ€™s a litttttle outside the math teacherâ€™s job description.”

Maybe so. But consider the literal meanings of, for example,

“completing the square”

“

graphingan equation”“raising to a power”

“

heightof 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…

## 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.

## Smurf

April 30, 2007 - 10:34 pm -I would have pointed the other way … just to confuse them :o)

## 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.