Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Thu Mar 22 17:49:03 UTC 2007

Wilson wrote:

>>From MacUpdate:

"Convert _numeric numbers_ to Roman numbers[sic] and vice versa."

Well, the writer may have a point. *Numeric* numbers consist of
numbers, whereas *Roman* numbers are made up of letters.


I happened to notice the same usage recently on the SEAsite Tagalog site,
belonging to the  Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois
University, on their page "Tagalog Greetings and Phrases". Under Numbers
they list the cardinal numbers in a table. The column headed "Roman Numeral"
contains the familiar digits, which I grew up calling "Arabic numerals": 1,
2, 3,..., 12, 13, 20, 21, 30, 40, and so on. (The other columns show the
native Tagalog numbers, the Spanish number loan words that are used as well,
and the English.)

-- Mark
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