# How to Pronounce Mathematical Notation

• Mathematica
Weather Freak
Hey folks, I wasn't sure where to post this, but hopefully this is okay. I've always wondered how the following symbols are pronounced:

$$V_o$$
$$V_i$$
$$V_f$$

and whatnot. I think I've heard the first pronouced "v not" and the others pronounced "V sub i" and "V sub x" but I'm wondering if this is correct.

Thanks!

Gold Member
MHB
Those pronounciations are just fine.

hypermorphism
Weather Freak said:
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$$V_o$$
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I think I've heard the first pronouced "v not" ...
Note that the actual word being pronounced is "naught", a synonym for nothing or 0, not o.

Weather Freak
thanks folks, that's just what i wanted to know

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
While we're at it, would anyone like to tell me how to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

hypermorphism
"Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:

Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
hypermorphism said:
"Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:

That one I know! It's STEELT-yes.

OK, buddy, quid pro quo: Give me Lebesgue.

hypermorphism
According to the French, it's Luh-Beg, where Le is pronounced as the definite article "le". Elsewhere, it's pronounced closer to Leh-beg.