Gerry: Words with Walter!
It’s blog time again and it’s time for another round of Words with Walt!
Each week I give Walter a difficult word and he tries to figure it out! This week – “Reciprocal”. Reciprocal (pronounced ri-sip-ruh-kuh-l) means “given or felt by each toward the other; mutual”.
G – Here we go Walt, this week’s word is “Reciprocal”.
W –Sounds like a type of cheese bro!
G – Not again!
W – Wait hold up, like Reciprocal motion? Uhh…I feel like it means “back and forth”, like oscillating. It’s like a, oh man! I haven’t used this word in ages, like at school! Reciprocal… *he thinks really deeply*. I’d say it’s used in maths. (He’s kind of right). I know there’s the question like, what’s the reciprocal of blab la.
G – Do you want me to put in in context for you?
W – Yep!
G – So uhh… “John and Jane and reciprocal feelings”.
W – Hmmm. It doesn’t sound like a mathematical way of putting it so, it means it’s not limited to maths…I think it’s means opposing. Can you give me another context?
G - Ok. Phil and Sally only just met, but the goodwill was reciprocal.
W - I think it means both ways. (He’s finally right on this one! I’m so excited)
W – I feel like it means, mutual respect kind of thing. Like a mutual respect?
G – Final answer?
W - My final answer is that reciprocal has more than 1 meaning. 1 meaning can be used in maths, the other one is that it can go both ways, like mutual. Or it’s a type of cheese. I’m kidding!
G – You’re absolutely correct this time round. It does indeed mean mutual, but there is a maths meaning too! Reciprocal in maths means “a number or quantity that when multiplied by a given number or quantitygives a product of one: the reciprocal of 2 is 0.5”. Well done! Unfortunately though, it’s not a type of cheese.
There you have it, another week of Words with Walt! Give me a hard word, and I’ll get Walt to guess it for you!
Catch you next week!