PC Math
The Turkish Education Ministry asked publishers of the journal Can Mathematics to remove the letters P and K from any of its algebraic equations.
In place of P and K, the journal is allowed to use E, G, F, and H in algebraic statements to avoid "wrongful misinterpretations."
Their reasoning is that the presence of the variables P and K in the same algebraic statement prompts the acronym PKK, which stands for the Kurdistan Workers Party, a banned Kurdish rebel faction.
The publishers obeyed the request. Now if we can only get American publishers to avoid lettering geometric figures using letters that can spell offcolor words, plus extinguish the notion that triangles are congruent if they meet the ASS condition!
Source: MathHistoryList Archives, Jan. 30, 2000
