My grade 8 students generally know how to use the distributive property: $a(b+c)=ab+bc$
However, we're now learning exponent laws, and one of them is $(ab)^n=a^nb^n$. In order to help my students remember to raise $a$ to the $n$ and not just $b$, I often draw two little arrows from the exponent to the two bases. Because this looks a bit like The Distributive Property, I sometimes call this action "distributing."
1) Is it OK for me to call this action "distributing" as long as I try to make it clear that it is different to The Distributive Property?
2) Is there a better verb I could us instead of "distribute" in the case of the exponent law?