# Re: YYMMDD (was: Re: Laadan)

From: | Danny Wier <dawier@...> |

Date: | Saturday, December 14, 2002, 23:43 |

From: "Isaac A. Penzev" <isaacp@...>
> On Fri, 13 Dec 2002 15:23:44 -0600 Danny Wier wrote:
>
> <<<Arabic is day, month, year. Numerals are also written in reverse
> order: ones first, then tens, then hundreds... so DDMMYY makes sense.

> Sorry, but that's WRONG!!!
> Arabic *numbers* are written the same way we do: from left to right.
> Arabic *numerals* afaik show the general Semitic pattern:
> if they consist of tens and ones, ones come first, and then tens.
> All other numerals go as they are.

If you read the DIGITS from right to left, it's ones first. Which I'm still
getting used to; I still have to read the numbers from left to right and
think in "Western" terms. Shouldn't be too hard, since I learned how to add,
subtract and multiply using the rightmost digit first (long division is the
other way).
But I get "number" and "numeral" confused a lot.
> ObConlang: I think I'll take this feature into Rumiya.
> 365: tres tzentos i tzinko i sesenta
> 38: oyto i trinta
> Why not?

German does that, and I think the Celtic languages do as well.