I write this with complete deference to

www.nixthetricks.com. I will rationalize my use of these dirty, horrible tricks by saying that this notation is completely arbitrary and does little for mathematical conception. I'm a math teacher so I like it, but for the average 10 grade Geometer, I'm not sure these subtle differences in notation have much real meaning.

__Mequals__

How do you get a kid to recognize that

*measures* *are equal* and

*angles are congruent*? MEQUALS! If you use an EQUALS sign, you need to put an M on the front. MEQUALS.

Shameless, I know.

__Hats__
If one of them wears a hat, they all wear hats. BOOM.

The author of Nix the Tricks thinks this is adorable. There is no conceptual understanding you're circumventing, I hate the equal vs. congruent thing in general and avoid it as much as possible!

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