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Re: The English/French counting system (WAS: number systemsfromconlangs)

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 2:28
On Tue, 16 Sep 2003, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Tristan McLeay wrote: > > Spring in Australia starts on 1 September and finishes on 30 November. > > (People stare at me in disbelief and might follow up with comments of > > Americans' stupidity if I mention you start your seasons around the > > soltices and equinoxes.) Sorry, I forgot to mention that, coming from > > Australia as I do, the seasons are switched. > > Well, certainly, but so what? I've never found it confusing when > speaking with Australians that their summer is my winter, or their fall > my spring. It's no more confusing than keeping track of time zones.
So absolutely nothing, other than the fact that Americans saying 'fall' more often than not means Sept.--Nov. i.e. the time occupied by my spring, rather than my autumn.
> And doesn't spring start on September *23* for you?
I've never heard of that. Most definitely 1 September. We had a Dilbert calendar floating around last year: on 1 September, it had 'First day of Spring (southern hemisphere)' whereas on 23 (or whatever) September it had 'First day of Autumn (Northern Hemisphere)'. (As far as the weather is concerned, this year I would say the first day of spring was in mid August, but that may just be an illusion caused by a drought breaking at that time---Melbourne's wettest season is by far Spring, and until then I could probably have counted the times it rained this year on my fingers.) -- Tristan <kesuari@...> Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement. -- Snoopy


Phillip Driscoll <phild@...>
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>The English/French counting system (WAS: numbersystemsfromconlangs)