Pie vs pi

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Pie and pi are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words pie and pi, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Pie is a baked pastry that may be filled with fruit, vegetables or meat. Pie may be sweet or savory. The word pie is assumed to be connected to the Latin word pia meaning pastry or pie, and the Old English piehus meaning bakery.

Pi is the Greek letter that corresponds to the letter p, it is the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, rendered as π. Pi is also used to designate the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter, rendered as 3.141. Pi is an irrational number, which means the number of digits in the expression pi is infinite. The word pi is taken from the Phoenician and literally means little mouth.


The Sacramento activist faces a felony assault charge for striking former Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie during a benefit event in September 2016 at Sacramento Charter High School. (The Sacramento Bee)

In the Greek classic spanakopita (spinach pie), greens are mixed with herbs and feta cheese and baked inside a flaky phyllo crust. (The Boston Globe)

The remaining eight members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, as well as the fraternity itself, faced arraignment Tuesday at the Centre County Courthouse. (The Centre Daily Times)

Approximately 200 students and family members were in attendance to participate in math and STEM activities. Students also competed in memorizing digits of Pi. (The Stuttgart Daily Leader)

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