Saturday, July 14, 2007
When I was taught about more than and less than signs, I was taught that it is like an alligator that eats the bigger number (we even drew cute pictures turning the signs into little alligator mouths). When I see > I still have the phrase "eats the bigger number" running through my head to this day. I need it to figure out which sign it is. Just like I still sometimes need to make an L with my hands to pick out with one is left.
This is on par with my legendary confusion with glass/cup/mug and with the idea that the word couple always means two and never a small number, like a few (its use in practice does not match the so-called definition, folks!).