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On Friday, October 26, 2001, at 07:59 , Nik Taylor wrote:

> John Cowan wrote:
>> For that matter, Germanic languages have no trouble writing "23" and
>> saying
>> "three-and-twenty"
>
> Or Japanese (and, I believe, other east Asian languages) righting a
> comma after every three digits, but naming numbers in groups of four,
> saying, in essence, 1,0000 but writing 10,000.
>
Yes--Korean does that too.  My mom and I, when we're discussing numbers in
Korean, always have to sit there and think about commas vs. number names.
It's quite aggravating.  In Korean I'd rather have commas after every
*four* digits, to match the language.

YHL