Raymond Hettinger wrote:
For one data point, I asked my bright 13-year-old for the 'integer part' of 3.1, 3.9, -3.1, and -3.9 and got the expected 3,3,-3,-3 (as with int()). But asking 'truncate' the same numbers or even 'truncate toward zero' got a blank stare, which did not surprise me too much as it is not a common (American) English word.
Even to adults, the word has other meanings:
I wish this thread could be truncated. It's got me going round and round. I'm completely floored, and will doubtless end up barking mad - you know, like a ceil.