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Coining New Math Words

New words to add to your mathematics vocabulary...

First, in a book review, Jordan Ellenberg coined the word "mathiness" to describe "a series of fervent gestures that gives the impression that mathematical ideas are being expressed, but doesn’t actually deliver the goods."

Seems to allude to either a weak teaching style or some of my students' efforts on a recent exam!

Second, in a 1959 talk, Marguerite Brydegaard introduced the term "mathematicking" to describe "the process of achieving efficient and intelligent behavior with regard for size, order, position, and amount."

Seems to allude to a strong learning experience...i.e. non-mathiness"!

Source: NYT Book Review (7/6/2008) & Arithmetic Teacher, Jan. 1960