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Today is NOT “Pie Day”

As I read the comics this morning, I came across “Frazz,” which follows independently wealthy Edwin “Frazz” Frazier, who works as an elementary school custodian because he can. Cartoonist Jef Mallet has said that the comic is about discovery.

OK. I think I discovered an error.

Today, the character Miss Plainwell, a fellow teacher and Frazz’s romantic interest, wished a student a “Happy Pie Day” in honor of March 14, or 3-14. It’s a play on the mathematical constant pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.14159. The first three numbers is the inspiration.

But shouldn’t the day be called Pi Day? I looked up “National Pie Day” and found the American Pie Council also calls this Pi Day (and then suggests you eat a pie). The website invites you to celebrate mathematics today (by buying a t-shirt, it appears), and Wikipedia says the U.S. House of Representatives supported designating Pi Day in 2009 (it also mentions Pi Approximation Day, July 22, because the fraction 22/7 is a common approximation of pi).

So, please drop the e and call the day what it is, but get ready for next year, when the pi nuts will really go gaga over the date: March 14, 2015.

Or 3-14-15.

Until next time! Use the right words!


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