# the race to 500-in roman numerals!

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741027.  Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:01 am

 dr bartolo wrote: as if you thaught IIII was weied, another way of writing IX was VIIII-you can see this on some tarot decks....

There is something to be said for writing 9 as VIIII rather than IX. If you use IX, then only the numbers 1–8 will be in alphabetical order in Roman numerals. By writing 9 as VIIII, 19 as XVIIII, etc, and 40 as XXXX, you can extend the alphabetical sequence from 1 to 49. (4 can be written as IV or IIII without affecting the alphabetical order.)

742782.  Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:14 am

Sophie.A wrote:
 dr bartolo wrote: as if you thaught IIII was weied, another way of writing IX was VIIII-you can see this on some tarot decks....

There is something to be said for writing 9 as VIIII rather than IX. If you use IX, then only the numbers 1–8 will be in alphabetical order in Roman numerals. By writing 9 as VIIII, 19 as XVIIII, etc, and 40 as XXXX, you can extend the alphabetical sequence from 1 to 49. (4 can be written as IV or IIII without affecting the alphabetical order.)

 747564.  Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:37 am That's brilliant! Never seen them before! :D Anyhoo: the Belgians have tried verbalising the Roman numerals with saying septante (soixante-dix) and nonante (quatre-vingt- dix). Sweeeet.

 748285.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:22 am Wow, I have a lot of American friends so someone who hasn't seen Jeff Dunham seems a tad odd to me. :P. I don't want to derail this thread, so let me know if you'd like me to send you some links. :). Anyway, surely the way to verbalise roman numerals would be to just say them as the letters? I.e. "em em ex*" for MMX or whatever? However, whilst learning French, I always did think they should just say septante, and especially huitante. (after all, sixty and ten for seventy is bad enough, but four twenties for eighty always did seem ridiculous. :P.) So yeah, it is sweeeet. ;) :P.

 748287.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:24 am On another note, it does seem this thread is becoming more of a discussion, and quite an interesting one, too, afaic. Perhaps it should be moved to GB? :).

 748305.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:57 am indeed. it should.

 748313.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:18 am The French system isn't so weird when you think about it, many languages employ counting in twenties or 'scores'. In English, just to take the most obvious examples, people refer to having their threescore and ten years (70) and Abe Lincoln talked about fourscore and seven years ago (87) in the Gettysburg Address.

 748319.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:33 am In Dutch we turn things around: 44 = vier en veertig 21 = een en twintig Twenty-one makes more sense. I think.

 748340.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:23 pm welll. just check out the german for 21 ein-und-zwanzig or einundzwanzig lit. one and tewnty similar huh?

 748346.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:29 pm 'Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie' I would guess that 'sixteen' 'seventeen' etc are contractions of 'six and ten' SUZE!!!!!

 748578.  Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:38 pm well... the french for 15 is " quinze"

 748583.  Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:51 pm I have a vague recollection from my school French that quinze is French for a fortnight as well.

749046.  Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:07 am

 exnihilo wrote: The French system isn't so weird when you think about it, many languages employ counting in twenties or 'scores'. In English, just to take the most obvious examples, people refer to having their threescore and ten years (70) and Abe Lincoln talked about fourscore and seven years ago (87) in the Gettysburg Address.

The Danish system is weirder.

20 = tyve
30 = tredive
40 = fyrre
50 = halvtreds
60 = tres
70 = halvfjerds
80 = firs
90 = halvfems

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 1268979.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:42 pm What thread was this meant to go in please? I've seen some odd posts on this forum, but reviving a seven-year-old thread to post something completely unconnected with the subject-matter is bizarre even by most standards... (Or is it a new kind of quiz? :-))

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