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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. :-) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42