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Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> If it's any consolation to you, I'd think of those as "Sarah prim" and "Sarah
> bis". Is there any English version of "bis" as name of "? FYI One of my maths
> teachers felt free to use f^IX for the ninth derivative of f.

Ho!  The terms "bis" and "ter" are mostly used in English in the names of
ISO standards; AFAIK they are not used for '' and ''', the general if
barbarous practice being "double prime" and "triple prime".

> The exception
> was a physics teacher who refered to everyone as "Herr X" (Mr X) or "Fröken Y"
> (Miss Y), apparently as some form of joke since he otherwise was quite informal
> with the pupils.

I had teachers (in Latin and the sciences) who did that also.

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