(8 letters | 4 syllables)
(scrabble score – 15)| noun| skill with numbers and mathematics.
b: The ability to understand and work with numbers.
the capacity for quantitative thought and expression.
Popularity: Bottom 20% of word.
Origin and Etymology of “numeracy”
Latin numerus number + English -acy (as in literacy)
First Known Use: 1959
1957, from numerate (adj.), from Latin numeratus “counted out,” from numerus “a number” (see number (n.) on model of literacy, etc.
Whilst reading through a truly fascinating document entitled:Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning I took note of this particular question:
I was stunned. How had the term “numeracy” escaped our chance encounter for so very long? Further researching, I discovered a host even more interesting words related my original find, such as:
Innumeracy: mathatical illitercy
Acalculia: acquired impairment in which patients have difficulty performing simple mathematical tasks.
Dyscalculia: difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic.
Oracy: skill of speaking and listening.
It is rare to come acoss an entire discipline of virgin knowleddge and I’ve been excited by the discovery.
Incidentally, I am now a member of the the National Numeracy Network of the UK, as well as being a NumeracyNinja. I recommend both organizations if you are looking for a few math games and more email each month.