Re: Handwritten EURO sign (off topic?)

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (
Date: Sat Aug 16 2003 - 16:22:35 EDT

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    On 2003.08.14, 05:24, John Cowan <> wrote:

    > Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin scripsit:
    >> Some habits are indeed language dependant, but some others are just
    >> tradition (some of it imposed as logic and correct decades ago, like
    >> compulsive caseless singular for SI units in speech), and should not
    >> necessarily apply.
    > "Compulsive caseless singular"? That *is* language dependent.

    It is -- but I twisted my words less than my reasoning: I meant that
    *even things clearly language dependent*, like case and number, were
    (still are) legislated as part of the SI (in terms that SI units should
    be always nominative singular), and yet widely ignored.

    > You just can't say "four meter" in English; it has to be "four
    > meters".

    Yet, according to the SI, you should. Actually, we joked about a 10th
    grade Physics teacher who would say (in Portuguese) «fifty kilogram» in
    class and «fifty kilos» in the corridor.

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