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bflentje
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: It isn't CO-ORDINATES Reply with quote

Not sure why it bothers me enough to post this thread, I know it's stupid. On more than one cache listing occasion this weekend I've seen the word coordinates written as co-ordinates. I am wondering out loud why people spell it like that? Don't bother lambasting me, I am not bothered THAT much. I am more curious than anything else.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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co∑or∑di∑nate Audio Help /adj., n. koʊˈɔrdnɪt, -dnˌeɪt; v. koʊˈɔrdnˌeɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[adj., n. koh-awr-dn-it, -dn-eyt; v. koh-awr-dn-eyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, noun, verb, -nat∑ed, -nat∑ing.
Ėadjective 1. of the same order or degree; equal in rank or importance.
2. involving coordination.
3. Mathematics. using or pertaining to systems of coordinates.
4. Grammar. of the same rank in grammatical construction, as Jack and Jill in the phrase Jack and Jill, or got up and shook hands in the sentence He got up and shook hands.
Ėnoun 5. a person or thing of equal rank or importance; an equal.
6. Mathematics. any of the magnitudes that serve to define the position of a point, line, or the like, by reference to a fixed figure, system of lines, etc.
7. coordinates, articles of clothing, furniture, or the like, harmonizing in color, material, or style, designed to be worn or used together.
Ėverb (used with object) 8. to place or class in the same order, rank, division, etc.
9. to place or arrange in proper order or position.
10. to combine in harmonious relation or action.
Ėverb (used without object) 11. to become coordinate.
12. to assume proper order or relation.
13. to act in harmonious combination.

Also, co-or∑di∑nate.

If you put it in either way in Word spell check accepts it also. I like to see it a coordinates as well.
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spinowner
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those who have done my "Witch Weigh Is Rite" cache probably have figured out that stuff like this bugs me too. The right way is the right way.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spinowner wrote:
Those who have done my "Witch Weigh Is Rite" cache probably have figured out that stuff like this bugs me too. The right way is the right way.

I'll bet you hate "divide by one-third" too. Wink
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

minnesotabrad wrote:
Also, co-or∑di∑nate.


I did look it up after my post. I don't ever remember it being spelled like this in all of my math background, but I'll reluctantly accept it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isnít it amazing what gets into our lexicon? Remember ainít was not a word for many years and now it is. Or how about the word ax now the kids ax you a question (that is my personal pet peeve) If you canít speak English donít speak.
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spinowner
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
spinowner wrote:
Those who have done my "Witch Weigh Is Rite" cache probably have figured out that stuff like this bugs me too. The right way is the right way.

I'll bet you hate "divide by one-third" too. Wink

Actually I like "divide by one-third" because it means what it says and because it doesn't mean what it sounds like. I also like the term "easternmost" for the same reason.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: It isn't CO-ORDINATES Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
I've seen the word coordinates written as co-ordinates.


I'll bet you really love it when The New Yorker spells this word with a diaeresis (looks like an umlaut) over the second "o". You do subscribe to The New Yorker, don't you? Wink

pfalstad wrote:
I'll bet you hate "divide by one-third" too. Wink


I'm required by law, as an occasional teacher of mathematics to elementary teachers, to post this:

12 divided by 3 = 4:
12 objects distributed into 3 boxes = 4 objects per box.

12 divided by 1/3 = 36:
12 objects distributed into 1/3 of a box = 36 objects per box.

I find that compelling, but in my experience I can't say that elementary students or elementary teachers do.
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LucidOndine
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing the word was probably originally made from the two words 'coordinated ordinals' or 'coupled ordinals' which may have been originally hyphenated at the time they were first used together.

I'll take co-ordinates or coordinates over two words any day. I prefer coordinates.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

casinoman wrote:
Isnít it amazing what gets into our lexicon? Remember ainít was not a word for many years and now it is. Or how about the word ax now the kids ax you a question (that is my personal pet peeve) If you canít speak English donít speak.

I suppose you do not subscribe to the belief that if you cannot write in proper English then you shouldn't write at all?
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
casinoman wrote:
Isnít it amazing what gets into our lexicon? Remember ainít was not a word for many years and now it is. Or how about the word ax now the kids ax you a question (that is my personal pet peeve) If you canít speak English donít speak.

I suppose you do not subscribe to the belief that if you cannot write in proper English then you shouldn't write at all?


no writing is another thing as I just can't spell but some people just dont have any diction. And our kids are just getting lazy my included.
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NeoAddict
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never quite understood the point of saying ax. It's like they want to be seen as stupid.

I use coordinates, not co-ordinates.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ax" is a common mispronunciation, but I don't think it's anything significant. Midwesterners pronounce "our" as "are". Texans pronounce "right" as "rat". Pretty much the same thing.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeet?
Not chet.
Gona?
Maybe suppen latr.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mathematical discussion is here:

http://www.mngca.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3843&highlight=
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