I would like to mention a handful of examples that may be considered *passé* nowadays, but were prominent at some point in time.

**schlicht**: I dare to address this one again because I consider that the feedback in the comments below Gottfried's entry is kind of misleading. About this one, Boas says that (see [**1**, page 97]):

«... When I was an undergraduate, there was no regular colloquium Harvard, but there was a Mathematical Club, whose meeting were regularly attended by faculty. Once somebody gave a talk on schlicht functions. After the talk, Julian Lowell Coolidge asked plaintively whether there was an English word for 'schlicht'. Osgood replied, "Well, you *could* call them univalent functions, and everybody would know that you meant 'schlicht'". You need to know that Osgood had been trained in Germany, wrote his treatise on complex analysis in German, and was apt to tell German jokes to his classes. »

**limes:** That's right... It was not a typo in Ahlfors's text on Complex Analysis. I recently came across this one in another book, but I just can't recall which one it was.

**eine Drehstreckung:** Tristan Needham recalls this one when he apologizes for the coinage of the term 'amplitwist'. More specifically, he writes

«... To the expert reader I would like to apologize for having invented the word 'amplitwist' ... as a synonym (more or less) for 'derivative', as well the component terms 'amplification' and 'twist'. I can only say that the need for *some* such terminology was forced on me in the classroom: if you try teaching the ideas in this book *without* using such language, I think you will quickly discover what I mean! Incidentally, a precedence argument in defence (sic) of 'amplitwist' might be that a similar term was coined by the older German school of Klein, Bieberbach, *et al*. They spoke of 'eine Dhrestreckung', from 'drehen' (to twist) and 'strecken' (to stretch). »

Last but not least, in several works of old (z.B., Perron's *Die Lehre von den Kettenbrüchen*, Knopp's *Theory and Application of Infinite series*, Khinchin's *Continued Fractions*), there appears the following notation for general continued fractions:

$\underset{j=1}{\overset{\infty}{\LARGE\mathrm K}}\frac{a_j}{b_j}=\cfrac{a_1}{b_1+\cfrac{a_2}{b_2+\cfrac{a_3}{b_3+\ddots}}}.$

Guess what the $\mathrm{K}$ stands for...

**References**

[**1**] Lion Hunting & Other Mathematical Pursuits: A Collection of Mathematics, Verse and Stories by Ralph P. Boas Jr.