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A New Question

One of the many nice things about teaching is that no day is ever the same. For example, students impact my day by asking new questions that push me to find reasonable responses.

Daniel M., one of my prospective mathematics teachers, asked: How do you say a non-ending number, such as 3.141592..., without using the word "point"?

Daniel's great question was prompted by reading some educational research that suggests mathematics teachers should read 4.56 as "four and fifty-six one-hundreths," not as "four point five six."

Daniel was right! This research-based suggestion works only for terminating decimals (and repeating decimals after some algorithmic gyrations), but does not work for decimal expressions of irrational numbers.

Any one have a good response...Daniel is waiting?