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Old 12-14-2014, 04:10 AM   #821
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Extremists doing idiotic extreme things isn't weird, sadly. Most large organizations begat fanatics.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:50 AM   #822
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The really silly part is all the convoluted subtraction/addition rather than specific base number, in my opinion.
We say 97, not 10 times 10 minus 3.
We do write 'XIX' and not 'XVIIII', though. (I've also occasionally seen 'MCMXCVII' used on TV copyright dates, that is, the year being written in non-Arabic too.)
And people quite often name the time of the day in terms the number of minutes left until reaching a given hour.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:09 PM   #823
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Extremists doing idiotic extreme things isn't weird, sadly. Most large organizations begat fanatics.
Not so much fanatics, I suspect, as clueless.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:40 AM   #824
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The really silly part is all the convoluted subtraction/addition rather than specific base number, in my opinion.
We say 97, not 10 times 10 minus 3.
We say 9x10 plus 7, linguistically. Our decades are elided and evolved versions of ___ tens. Albeit, in derivation from the middle english affix -tig, meaning tens, and pronounced close to "teeg". It's pretty standard to find elisions of final consonants over time. (in German, it's -zig; similar use and sound.)

And we do use subtractive math in English. Usually in time keeping. "Quarter to 7," or "5 'til 8."

And every so often, my grandfather would use "A hundred less a penny," "A hundred less a dime," or "A hundred less a dollar." But he was cantankerous.

And we all use subtractive notation in the Roman Number System...

MCM = 1900 = 1000+(1000-100)
IX = 9 = (10-1)
IIX = VIII = 8 = 10-(1+1) or 5+1+1+1
IC = 99 = 100-1
XC = 90 = 100-10
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:20 AM   #825
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Not to mention the archaic English usage of "three score and ten" or "four score and seven".
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:20 AM   #826
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It's one of those things that you'd just have to use in a game but that you wouldn't dare use in a game.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:36 AM   #827
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We say 97, not 10 times 10 minus 3.
What do you mean, "we"? I say [seven and four and a half scores].


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Old 12-15-2014, 07:51 AM   #828
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And those of us who speak English needn't feel all superior. The words for numbers are unique, up until "twelve". Then you get "thirteen" ("three and ten"), "fourteen" ("four and ten"), and so forth. Other than multiples of ten, the rest of the numbers work the same way.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:38 PM   #829
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And those of us who speak English needn't feel all superior. The words for numbers are unique, up until "twelve". Then you get "thirteen" ("three and ten"), "fourteen" ("four and ten"), and so forth. Other than multiples of ten, the rest of the numbers work the same way.
And the horrors of not translating for medication, you get once meaning 1 to a monolingual English speaker to it meaning 11 to a monolingual Spanish speaker.
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Not so much fanatics, I suspect, as clueless.
Refusal to even imagine rational arguments against your actions is the very definition of fanatic, I think. Their mission is all the matters in the world.
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