Re: The English/French counting system (WAS: number systemsfromconlangs)
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 18:12|
"Mark J. Reed" wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2003 at 08:57:35AM -0400, Tristan McLeay wrote:
> > *I'm aware some (primarily American I believe) dialects skip the 'and' in
> > all cases at least nowadays.
> It depends on context. The man on the American street generally says the "and"
> after "hundred", but in matters of technical or legal precision,
> "and" is reserved for the decimal point (this is the case, for instance,
> in the written-out currency amounts on checks).
Indeed, using the "and" is considered incorrect by prescriptivists.
> > Numbers in Quenya are written in the opposite direction. I've always
> > considered our numbers to be backwards, going from small to large seems to
> > better agree with my sense of aesthetics or something.
> It makes more sense mathematically, too, and in Arabic the numbers do
> proceed from small to large
It may work well with small numbers, but with large numbers, the
big-to-small order gives you an immediate idea of the magnitude, by
starting out with, say, "five million ..."
Personally, I prefer large-to-small in everything. I like the Japanese
style of year-month-day, for example, as well as family name given name
and country city. My personal sense of esthetics appears to be the
opposite of Tristan's. :-)
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