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From: Peter Neilson
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 7:48 PM
Subject: What's 1 to do?
> Now as I read articles on the web,
> supposedly professionally written, I come across lonesome digits in
> feels like 2 out of every 5 cases. It looks stupid to me. Have the
> changed while I wasn't looking?
I wouldn't be surprised if it's partly a combo of work by non-native
speaking writers, work that may go to non-native speaking readers, or
writing for translations. I sure can identify the digit "5" better than
it's translated form of "five" if I'm going through a mess of translated
files and making sure that the translation magic didn't muck up
anything. If I'm reading something that is not in my native language,
I've got a much better shot at proper understanding if I've got digits
in the text. The digit and the word are equally accurate, so I can see
why some places might decide to change from the old-school style of "one
Now we just have to wait for the day, 20 or so years from now, where "4"
has become an acceptable replacement for "for" in professional
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