## Math Hinky-Pinkies

A hinky-pinky is a phrase consisting of two rhyming words, such as fun run or tragic magic.

My sons recently brought home an activity sheet from school titled Stinky Pinky. It asked them to identify a hinky-pinky corresponding to a brief definition. Some examples from this sheet:

Cart for a Large Creature:
Dragon Wagon

The Robber in Charge:
Chief Thief

Odd Whiskers:
Weird Beard

The one that neither they nor I could figure out:

Dinner Party for Wild Animals

Any thoughts?

Completing this activity with them, I decided to create some math hinky-pinkies, where one of the words in each pair is a common math term. Here ya go, and good luck!

1. Low-Ranking Half of an Ordered Pair
2. Avoidance of Math Sentences
3. Calcium Carbonate Lecture
4. Decrease in Binary Operations
5. Dirty Three-Dimensional Object
6. Fat-Free Average
7. Internal Dissension Among Rational Numbers
8. Lust for Minuends and Subtrahends
10. Odd Set of y-Values
11. Reddish-Brown Digit
12. Sudden and Extreme Second-Degree Polynomial
13. Slander Against an Iterative Process
14. Mentally Healthy Two-Dimensional Grid
15. Ice Cream Holder, All By Itself
16. Old and Tilted Item

For more fun with hinky-pinkies, check out this easy hink pink quiz.

1. Subordinate Coordinate
2. Equation Evasion
3. Chalk Talk
5. Squalid Solid
6. Lean Mean
7. Fraction Faction
8. Subtraction Attraction
9. Bare Square
10. Strange Range
11. Umber Number
13. Recursion Aspersion
14. Sane Plane
15. Lone Cone
16. Oblique Antique

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• 1. Shirley A Burns  |  October 2, 2013 at 3:08 am

How about “Beast Feast” for the dinner party?

• 2. venneblock  |  October 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

Oh, for Pete’s sake, Shirley! Why couldn’t I come up with that? Thanks for putting this to rest for me… I’ll sleep easier knowing the answer.

• 3. Forwood, Traci  |  October 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

Good morning!

Great stuff you send! I really enjoy it. My only guess for the hinky-pinky for Dinner Party for Wild Animals would be Beast Feast. (I considered Safari Soiree, but that didn’t work so well.)

Anyway… thanks so much for making math funny! Keep it coming!:)

Regards,
Traci Forwood

• 4. venneblock  |  October 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

I played with “soiree,” too, but I didn’t think of Safari Soiree.

Thanks for the compliment! I’ll do my best to keep good stuff coming!

• 5. xander  |  October 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

It pains me to admit this, but number 13 made me laugh. And “beast feast” was the best I could come up with.

• 6. venneblock  |  October 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

This is why I haven’t quit my day job — a stand-up comedian who can only make folks laugh 1 out of 16 attempts isn’t going to make it very far.

• 7. xander  |  October 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

To be fair, I chuckled at the rest, but it was #13 that caused my wife to ask what was so funny, then issue the appropriate dope slap to the back of my head.

Here’s my attempt:

Very Rough Page of Braille
Tactile Fractal

• 8. venneblock  |  October 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Huzzah!

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