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Re: Numeric miscellany (was: numeration system)

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Thursday, December 16, 2004, 22:42
On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 18:25:50 +0000, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote:
> On Thursday, December 16, 2004, at 12:27 , Henrik Theiling wrote: >> BTW, English 'fifty' and 'fifteen' is also very error prone, >> especially in larger numbers like 'fifty/fifteen thousand', and >> especially for foreigners that put the accents on the wrong >> syllables. :-) > > The British norm is to stress the first syllable in all these words. The > second syllable may get stressed if someone is trying to emphasize the > difference. "I said fifTEEN, not fifTY" - but tben then it doesn't always > work if there's a lot of background noise.
I run into that problem too. It is worse when the person you're talking to pronounces -ty as [ti] instead of [di] as is most usual (here).
> Yes, they are very error prone which is probably why anglophones developed > the habit of (usually) giving telephone digit by digit. The French method > of giving them in two digit groups would simply lead to too many > complications. Just imagine doing something like in English!
I have seen Americans (local ones, even) give phone numbers in pairs like that online to foil harvesters. *Muke! -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki: