Happy news deserves a serenade. R & J are getting married. So I’m celebrating with Carmen Borgia and his ukelele (3:25).
love to the power of two when it’s based on true love,
love squared when it’s not.
You don’t get my love² nonsense? Sorry.
Here’s a guide to reading exponents:
- x² is normally read “x squared”; very rarely “x to the power of two” or “x to the second power”.
- x³ is read “x cubed” or “x to the power of three” or “x to the third power”.
- We say “x to the nth”, but forms like “xth” and “yth” are hard to pronounce, so we say “n to the x”.
- The phrase using “power”, as in “to the fifth power” or “to the power of five”, is uncommon.
Enough said. 😉