September 14th, 2010
If I say "twenty five thousand" to you, you think of 25,000.
If I say "twenty five hundred" to you, you think of 2,500.
So why, when I say "twenty five ten", do you think of 2,510, not 250?
|Date:||September 15th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)|| |
There's a very simple answer here, actually.
ten is a number, thousand and hundred are not.
one hundred is a number, one thousand is a number, hundred and thousand by themselves are not.
This is why you can have a hundred or a thousand, but not a ten as well.
That's not an answer. That's the same question, phrased differently.
If I say one, you think "1"
If I say ten, you think "10"
If I say hundred, you think "Huh?!"
|Date:||September 15th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)|| |
How is it not an answer?
hundred, thousand, million, billion etc are placeholders. They by themselves do not define a quantity, they need a number to have meaning. Just like you can have nonchalant but not chalant.
actually, yes. surprisingly. when i think "hundred" without an article, i'm like "how many?"
|Date:||September 15th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)|| |
actually, i think 25.10.
Decimals. God damned decimals. That's a whole other can o' Jack Handey.
|Date:||September 15th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)|| |
In Japanese you'd probably think 250. Although you'd be saying two ten five ten, which is kind of weird, so you'd probably just think "NaN".
|Date:||September 15th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Actually, in that case, 25-10 immediately comes to mind. Quite a point spread! ^_^
i've been conditioned to think of "twenty five hundred" as 2,500. initially, i thought people who said stuff like that were having a stroke or something. it made no sense to me.