Re: Multiple Directions (was: Re: Coptic/Greek (Re: Phoenician))

From: John Cowan (
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 10:27:03 CDT

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    Chris Jacobs scripsit:

    > So if people pronounce it as
    > twenty-one
    > esriem we achad
    > then they probably indeed write the digit 2 first.

    Indeed, but the difficulty is that various Arabic colloquials don't
    agree on the order of pronouncing numbers -- and modern standard
    Arabic uses the least-significant-digit first style: one and twenty
    and three hundred and ....

    John Cowan
    Lope de Vega: "It wonders me I can speak at all.  Some caitiff rogue did
    rudely yerk me on the knob, wherefrom my wits still wander."
    An Englishman: "Ay, a filchman to the nab betimes 'll leave a man  
    crank for a spell." --Harry Turtledove, Ruled Britannia

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