RE: one vs 1

Subject: RE: one vs 1
From: "Connie Giordano" <connie -at- therightwordz -dot- com>
To: "'Deborah Hemstreet'" <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, "'praneeta p'" <praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:21:56 -0400

I don't know the Associated Press' rationale, but it's been in their style
guide for at least 30 years (I still have my copy from my undergraduate
days). I'm trying to dredge up the memories from those classes, and I
vaguely recall that it had to do with both clarity in how it displayed in
typical newspaper columns and saving lead when typesetting the stories....
then again, it was 30 years ago so I could be totally misremembering it. It
was their way to ensure consistency, whether or not it made any sense from a
cognition perspective.


Connie Giordano

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Subject: Re: one vs 1

Now there IS the question. What IS the rationale behind the rule?

Golly, you'd think I'd have asked that question... right now I'm documenting
processes and procedures where everything is WHY do you do this that way and
not this way, and I don't know WHY we spell out any number under 10, except,
that is the rule.

Well I for 1 think it's time 2 change <grin>.

Deborah

On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:01 PM, praneeta p
<praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com>wrote:

> The only problem in not spelling out numbers 0 to 9 could be that you run
> the risk of sounding not-so-formal.
>
> And if that's the only rationale, I think there is no harm in breaking the
> rule.
>
> Does anyone have a different explanation for the rationale behind this
> rule?
>
> Would like to hear.
>
>
> --- On *Tue, 29/9/09, Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>*wrote:
>
>
> From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
> Subject: one vs 1
> To: ".TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Tuesday, 29 September, 2009, 8:32 PM
>
> Hi All,
>
> I've written a brochure for a company to distribute to their employees.
>
> I am in somewhat of a dilemma: Corrections have been returned and they
> would
> like all numbers to be printed as numbers (1 not one).
> However, the RULES of writing say to spell out all numbers less than 10.
>
> When writing a statement such as: "There is a one week waiting period
> (seven
> consecutive calendar days)"... I have to be honest, I believe the target
> audience will absorb the information better as: "There is a 1 week
waiting
> period (7 consecutive calendar days)"...
>
> What do you think?
>
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one vs 1: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: one vs 1: From: praneeta p
Re: one vs 1: From: Deborah Hemstreet

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