Mathematical terms in popular usage
Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Apr 21 22:32:48 UTC 2004
On Wed, 21 Apr 2004 JJJRLandau at aol.com wrote:
#tangent, as in "off on a tangent". This is really reaching, but the math
#meaning of "tangent" is the direction the curve were going at a specified time or
#point, and could remain quite close to where the curve is currently going,
#whereas the popular usage implies "going in a quite different direction".
I've seen a .sig line something like the following:
If you don't go off on a tangent, you'll keep going around in circles.
-- Mark A. Mandel
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