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SpeakEasy Math: Part II
by Bill Lauritzen
Here is my current list of SpeakEasy mathematics terms. This is an experimental word list that I revise and update frequently. As of the date of this publication this is how it stands. If you have comments or suggestions for improvements please email me.
Note that the number of syllables
is in parenthesis. I show this because so often the new word looks much more
complicated than the old worddue the fact that we are not used to it. When one sees that the number of syllables in the new word is less than
the old word, it can be a surprise.
Purpose: To minimize brain storage space and to minimize mental language translation.
Technique: Differentiate enough so not to confuse terms.
Mathematics
= Pattern Science
denominator

5

pattern

2

numerator

4

fill

1

common
denominator

7

patternmatch

3

Old: If you have a fraction with a numerator of 2 and a denominator of 4, that equals ½.
To add fractions, they must have a common denominator. Then you add the numerators. To add 1/2 plus 1/3, first change to a common denominator. Then you add the numerators. To add 1/2 plus 1/3, first change to a common denominator of 6. So 1/2 equals 3/6 and 1/3 equals 2/6. Then add the numerators to get 5/6.
New: If you have a fraction with a fill of 2, and a pattern of 4, that balances 1/2. To add fractions, they must first matchpattern. Then you add fills. To add 1/2 plus 1/3, first change to a matchpattern of 6. So 1/2 balances 3/6 and 1/3 balances 2/6. Then add the fills to get 5/6.
Draw a pie diagram and divide it up into 6 equal parts. That's the pattern. Now shade in 3 parts. That's the fill.
equals

2

balances
or evens or matches

3

operations

4

deeds

1

add

1



1

subtract

2

takeaway

2

multiply

3



3

divide

2



2

divisible

3



3

zero

2

none
or nothing

1

remainder

3

leftover

3

equation

3

match
or balance

1

Old: 2+3 equals 5
New: 2+3 evens 5, 2+3 balances 5, 2+3 matches 5.
* Five apples take away 5 apples equals nothing or no apples, not the empty set.
solution

3

answer

2

fraction

2



2

improper
fraction

5

overfilled
pattern

6

ratio

2

to*

1

infinite

3

endless

2

* As in “this compared to that.”
irrational
number

6

noto
number

4

per

1

to
or forone

2

rate

1

to
or forone

2

unit

2

one

1

units

2

ones

1

Old: Zero times any number equals zero. If you travel 10 miles in 2 hours, that is 5 miles per hour. The units are miles and hours.
New: Nothing times any number balances nothing. If you travel 10 miles in 2 hours, that is 5 miles to an hour. The ones are miles and hours.
decimal

3

tenal

2

percent

2

perhun
or tohun*

2

multiple

3



3

factor

2



2

least
common multiple

6

nearestmatchmultiple

6

greatest
common factor

6

nearestmatchfactor

5

least
com. denominator

8

nearestmatchpattern

4

equivalent
fractions

6

matching
fractions

4

exponent

3

pow
or buff

1

absolute
value

5

span

1

terminating
decimal

7

ending
tenal

4

Old: To add decimal first you have to line up the decimals points.
New: To add tenals first you have to line up the tenal point.
*75% is 75 to each hundred
Old: Greatest common factor of 12 and 18 is 6.
Least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 72.
New: Nearest matchfactor of 12 and 18 is 6.
Nearest matchmultiple of 12 and 18 is 72.
Example: (factors to the left, multiples to the right)
1,2,3,4,6,12 12 12,24,36,48,60,72,84,96,…
1,2,3,6,9,18 18 18,36,54,72,90,…
longitude

3

eastwest

2

latitude

3

northsouth

2

radicals

3

plus
roots

2

square
root

2

second
root

3

squared*

1

pow
two or twoed or two’d

1

cubed

1

pow
three or threed or three’d

1

to
the fourth power

5

pow
four or foured or four’d

1

quadratic
equation

6

pow
two match or two’d match

3

vertical

3

updown

2

horizontal

4

leftright

2

logarithm

4



4

simultaneous
equations

8

sametime
matches

4

log 100 = 2 becomes pow 100 = 2
* Note:
"squared, cubed, square root, and cube root" are bad slang as second
power is also associated with area of circles, etc. and third power is also
associated with volume of spheres, etc.
Old: Longitude 50 W.
Latitude 90 N. The square root of 16 is 4. The least common multiple of 5, 10,
and 12 is 60.
New: EastWest 50 W. NorthSouth 90 N. The second root of 16 is 4. The nearest allmultiple of 5, 10,and 12 is 60.
expanded form

4

balloon form

3

value

2

amount or number

2

place value

3

place amount

2

discount

2

downcount

2

algorithm

4

recipe

3

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