Sunday, March 27, 2011

Make it stop

New results in the search for the lowest common denominator, on the front page of the NYT, no less:

Webcast by a hip-hopper who cooks


M. Bouffant said...

Which denominator is lowest & most common? Foodie, "hip-hopper," or Internet user?

bjkeefe said...

Those aren't in the running for the lowest common denominator, not separately. The LCD is the product of various relatively prime factors ("relatively" here meaning "relative to each other"). For example, when considering combining thirds, fourths, and fifths, none of 3, 4, or 5 is the lowest common denominator. The LCD is 60.

Sorry of I over-explained the arithmetic, but it seemed the best way to explain the metaphor.

bjkeefe said...

I am now filled with dread that some Content Producer™ is going to come along and use the word synergy.