Daisy, who is in the 5th grade this year, recently learned the famous mnemonic for knowing which order to perform various mathematical operations in an equation. The mnemonic is: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, which stands for: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
We reviewed this fact this evening (while discussing the mind-blowingness of trying to divide by zero) when Hank interrupted by asking about factorials, wondering if they fell before parentheses in the order of precedence.
Daisy: Nowhere! It's not "Please excuse my dear MMMHMMMM Aunt Sally."
Me: Huh? Were you just trying to say "Please excuse my dear fucking Aunt Sally?"
Hank: She was NOT!
Me: I think she was. I think she just bleeped herself. Daisy, did you just bleep yourself?
Hank: Well, at least SHE bleeped herself, which is more than SOME people did.
Me: Regardless, she didn't get it right. What you were asking is whether it should be, "Fucking, please excuse my dear Aunt Sally".
Hank: Would you STOP saying that around the baby?
Me: Oh, my bad. In my head I was bleeping myself.
Daisy: That's good enough, Mom. It's the thought that counts.
Math is fun.