Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Writing Numbers

I have seen this in at least one book (published in 1958) as well as at least a couple pages published by none other than the Smithsonian: The writing-out of numerals over the number 10. For example, seventy-five or nineteen.

When starting a sentence with a numeral, you write-out the number. You also spell-out numbers one through nine; after that (10, 11, and on up), you write the numeral itself. So, "seventy-five" should be "75" - unless it is at the beginning of the sentence. For example, "Seventy-five times now, I have seen otherwise respectable writers and curators fuck this up."

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

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