[Maths-Education] RE: Group Theory and Soduko

Peter Cave peter.cave at manchester.ac.uk
Mon Dec 8 10:02:23 GMT 2008

It's sudoku, not soduko (though for some reason almost everyone I've met in Britain seems to pronounce it as 'sadooku'). 'Su' means 'number' ('mathematics' in Japanese is 'sugaku', literally the study of numbers, though in practice of course 'sugaku' actually includes other areas of maths). 'Doku' means 'alone', 'isolated', among other things. The 'u' in 'su' is a long sound, while the 'o' in 'doku' is short, so actually it's pronounced 'soodoku', more or less.

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