number format and semantic hairsplitting in China

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 8 16:59:18 UTC 2009

At 5/8/2009 10:45 AM, Charles Doyle wrote:
>We could also ponder the (non)distinction between "one thousand,
>seven hundred" and "seventeen hundred."  The latter form is more
>convenient for writing on checks . .

Except when indexing books, and sorting numbers alphabetically (with
the letters, not in a separate numeric region).  Applies also to
dates:  "one thousand nine hundred ninety two" vs. "nineteen hundred
ninety two".


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