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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
  9. Naked Quadrilateral
  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.


Spoiler… answers below.

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

October 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm 8 comments

Rhyme Time

My friend Josh Zucker created a joke about math and poetry:

Why don’t 8 and 15 make good poets?
Because they only relatively rhyme.

Painful, I know. Hopefully the following poems will ease the hurt.

The first poem yields a system of equations in two variables. I can tell you that using algebra is not so easy, but I was able to find the solution in about four minutes with an Excel spreadsheet.

Take five times which plus half of what,
And make the square of what you’ve got.
Divide by one-and-thirty square,
To get just four — that’s right, it’s there.
Now two more points I must impress:
Both which and what are fractionless,
And what less which is not a lot:
Just two or three.  So now, what’s what?

The following poem by Leo Moser poked fun at Paul Erdös’ tendency to publish important proofs in obscure journals.

A conjecture both deep and profound
Is whether a circle is round.
In a paper of Erdös,
Written in Kurdish,
A counterexample is found.

And one of my favorites from Shel Silverstein:

My dad gave me one dollar bill,
‘Cause I’m his smartest son.
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters,
‘Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
and traded them to Lou
For three dimes — I guess he doesn’t know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates,
And just ’cause he can’t see,
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store.
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheek.
He closed his eyes and shook his head —
Too proud of me to speak!

September 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm 2 comments


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