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Hans Mof
76072.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:35 pm Reply with quote

While googling for (to this matter totally irrelevant) information, I came across a stunning linguistic treat. I cannot but share this problem/question/issue with you.

7 = seven

True or false?

 
djgordy
76080.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:11 pm Reply with quote

Why do I think this is a trick question?

 
Hans Mof
76082.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:15 pm Reply with quote

It's not a trick question, just a tricky one ;)

 
mckeonj
76089.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:08 pm Reply with quote

Is this true only in english?

 
Hans Mof
76090.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:14 pm Reply with quote

good question ;)

go on

 
Andrew
76093.  Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:37 pm Reply with quote

Hmmm, It's TRUE! . o O (waits for klaxons to start blaring)

 
Hans Mof
76147.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 7:59 am Reply with quote

Klaxons indeed.

Just let me rephrase the question:

How to pronounce '7'?

 
swot
76190.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:03 pm Reply with quote

That's pronouncing '7' as opposed to 'seven'? Nope, that doesn't help me at all. Grr too hard.

Is '7' some kind of meaningful symbol in another language?

 
suze
76197.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:18 pm Reply with quote

Wait, I may be on to something.

Although we refer to the numerals we use as "Arabic numerals" - to distinguish them from e.g. Roman numerals - actual Arabs use different ones.

And in the Arabian numerals (not a standard term, but makes sense), the number meaning "six" looks very much like our number 7. Their number meaning "seven" looks much like a "v", even more like the Greek letter nu.

Was it anything to do with this?

 
eggshaped
76225.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:25 pm Reply with quote

Sounds good, here's the numerals. Incidentally, the arabs apparently know them as "Indian Numerals"

 
Hans Mof
76275.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:16 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Wait, I may be on to something.

Although we refer to the numerals we use as "Arabic numerals" - to distinguish them from e.g. Roman numerals - actual Arabs use different ones....


Great idea, suze.

But, sorry no.

Another hint:
Can you pronounce '7' at all?

 
Hans Mof
76277.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:27 pm Reply with quote

no1 school swot wrote:
That's pronouncing '7' as opposed to 'seven'?


Yes, indeed! Please elaborate.

 
Jenny
76286.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:03 pm Reply with quote

Notice the Arabic for zero is sifr, from which we get our word cipher.

No, I don't have a clue about the original question but I await the answer with interest!

 
suze
76289.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:12 pm Reply with quote

Hmm. Another thing comes to mind which isn't the answer, but I'm going to mention it anyway.

The syllabary used for writing Cherokee was devised by a man named Sequoyah. He couldn't read English, but he understood the concept of reading and writing and decided that Cherokee ought to have it. Accordingly, he invented their writing system using mostly the characters of the Roman alphabet, but not with their conventional sound values.

Thus, for instance the symbol "A" represents the sound "go" in the Cherokee syllabary. And the symbol "4" represents the sound "se". He didn't use the symbol "7" though, so it's not what we're looking for.

Are we looking for something of this kind involving a language even more obscure than Cherokee? Or just something daft but fun, like the fact that the Myanmar (Burmese) for the number eight is "shit"??

 
Andrew
76292.  Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:21 pm Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:

7 = seven

True or false?


FALSE

. o O (Awaits Klaxon again)

 

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