A Gridiculously Clever Blog Post
Do you know what the following graph represents?
Sine on the dotted line.
If you tell that joke to the right audience, you’ll likely hear a triggle. (If you tell it to the wrong audience, you’ll likely hear the sound of tomatoes whizzing past your head.)
Triggle is a portmanteau, a combination of two or more words and their definitions.
trigonometry + giggle = triggle
In a similar vein, when the expression
13 + 5 · 0 – 4
is simplified to
13 – 4,
you might say that it has suffered from zerosion — the removal of a term because of multiplication by zero.
The following portmanteaux may be useful for your next math discussion.
attracted to both halves of an angle
inviting derision on the coordinate plane
a segment from the center to the circumference based on false pretenses
an unusual curve
inspiring awe in only one dimension
a complicated and annoying trigonometric process, such as verifying that
cot x + tan x = sec x · csc x
1 It came to my attention after the publication of this post that Gridiculous is (a) a trivia game developed for Windows 8 and (b) an HTML5 responsive grid boilerplate (though the link to the site seems not to be working).