## Social Question

#### Why is it upper bound and lower bound and not higher bound and lower bound?

Asked by LostInParadise (31830) January 21st, 2022
6 responses

Or alternatively, upper bound and downer bound? Is this a quirk of English, or do other languages do the same thing?

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My first search revealed this is a mathematical concept. So you should direct this question to whoever first coined the term. The definition is below.

https://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/upper-bound.html

snowberry (27585)

What about upper limit and lower limit? Is that also mathematics? Surely it is not just mathematicians that use these terms.

It’s upper and lower floors in a building too. I don’t have a problem with it, just a convention of the language.

janbb (62796)

@janbb But often people are warned to not stay on the “higher floors” in a building.

As far as bounds, or rather, boundaries, the mathenatical term is referencing the placement of one of two bounds, the upper and the lower. For instance, if I asked for the range of values of (X-(x+/-2) the upper bound would would be 2, the lower bound would be -2.

zenvelo (39373)

Okay, what about upper arm and lower arm or lower jaw and upper jaw? Or lower deck and upper deck? There is definitely a strong preference for using upper over higher.

I think you’re only arguing with yourself. No one’s disagreeing.

janbb (62796)