# Definition:Sum

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## Linguistic Note

In natural language, the word **sum** is often used to mean the process of operation of *any* arithmetical calculation.

This probably originates from elementary school, where the first excursions into arithmetic occurs via (natural number) addition.

Consequently, at that level, *all* such arithmetic lessons are often referred to as **sums**.

To those with mathematical anxiety, the very word **sums** may be distressing, while in the humour of children's comics, a popular punishment for a child would be to be sat down at a desk in front of a book titled **hard sums**.