- Pythagorizing usually involves cutting across grass and taking the straight line “hypotenuse” between the two lines you would have to walk if you stayed on the path. Pythagorize is formed from metonymy and derivation. It comes from Pythagorus, the famous mathematician after whom the Pythagorean theorem is named. This shows eponymy because the word is named for the person. The Pythagorean theorem states that the sum of squares of the two legs of a right triangle equals the square of the hypotenuse. The metonymic connection between the hypotenuse of a triangle and the shortest path between two paths (usually at right angles to one another) along with derivation leads to the action of taking this path being referred to as pythagorizing.

## pythagorize (2)

derivation; verb

to take the shortest path from one spot to another

Etymology : Pythagor comes from Pythagorus through eponymy. –ize is a verb ending.

Source : “I want to get back to my room quickly, let’s pythagorize” (friend, 3/2008)

Last modified: 4 December 2008