Retired English Teacher
How many of you know and use the word orthogonal?
I ask because in another forum a teacher replying to a question about it said that the man in the street is well aware that it means. . . [a much commoner synonym].
Well this man in this street feels ignorant and undereducated and wonders if he's the only one who's never heard of it before.
Please don't mention the meaning here until a few people have had the chance to think about it.
It's not a common word outside of math/science. I've heard it, but I'm an engineer.
The man on the street has a hard time placing the Civil War in the proper century or naming the vice president. He hardly knows mathematical terms.
It would depend on which man was in the street at the time.
I'd never heard/seen it before either.
I used to use the word often. Orthogonality is a crucial notion in mathematics.
I know the word but I've got several friend who are architects.
Woman in the street.
Not a street woman.
Another woman in the street here but I don't have any architect friends and I've never heard of it.
The person who asserted that we would all know it must indeed live on a very unusual street.