Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Vigesimal System: Hard Even for French People

As some of you may know, France uses a vigesimal system for numbers. That is, a base-20 system instead of a base-10 system like we normal people use.

Apparently, it's a hard concept even for them. I got this discount check in the mail today from a popular catalog company.

The written amount says "sixty-four," not "seventy-four," which would be "soixante-quatorze" or literally in English, "sixty-fourteen."

My French friend tells me it's the amount spelled out in words that takes precedence, so I guess it's not such a great deal as they'd like to make me think!

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Maybe the employee who sent it out was an immigrant from Canada.