Just for kicks, some day you should try to explain to a non-native English speaking math student all the meanings of the word “mean”. As in, “What does it mean to live within your means? What about mean girls? And how are all these meanings different from finding the mean of this math problem?”

2 responses to “Meaning…

  • Mandy

    Why is it that we use one word for so many different things? It’s not like there is a shortage of letter combinations that we had to double/triple/quadruple up on a few of them.

    • kimberlybbert

      I don’t know! Because we also have like… ten different words for lots of situations that all mean the exact same thing. And try explaining to a student what the best choice of words might be in any given situation!

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