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Question from Jill:

A group of teachers were trying to figure out why the”mean” is called mean - do you know??

Hi Jill,

Unfortunately I can't give you the answer you are seeking but I can give you some history. There is a web site maintained by a retired teacher in Florida. It's called Earliest Known Uses of Some of the Words of Mathematics. Go to his site, select the letter M and scroll down to Mean.

I hope this helps,

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