Word Ways

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Number Name Equations


Susan Thorpe


123 can be expressed as a number name in one of two basic ways: ONE HUNDRED (AND) TWENTY THREE (the British include and, the Americans exclude and) or ONE TWO THREE. Dmitri Borgmann illustrated both in the November 1985 Colloquy. Assigning A=1, B=2, etc., he constructed TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY ONE = 251, ONE FOUR SIX = 146 and TWO OUGHT OUGHT = 200. (He defended the last one by noting that ought is given as a variant of aught in the Collegiate dictionaries).