Numbers confuse Americans
It’s a simple fact. Numbers confuse Americans in the U.K. Watch and see!
Thanks to @ukyankeedotcom for the lead!
Posted on 29, July 2013, in British, Humor and tagged Americans, anglophile, British, numbers, U.K., video, YouTube. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
For a triple digit number I would usually say “digit double digit”. I have occasionally heard “triple digit” but this is confusing.
UK speakers will also often say ‘O’ for zero – I don’t think Americans do this.
Would a US speaker understand a time given as “half past twelve” (or even the abbreviation “half twelve”)? And how about the chip shop order of “cod and chips twice”?
Regarding Ruby’s comment: My husband told me specifically ‘Don’t say “nought point something in your math class. No one will know what you are talking about.” And “half twelve” completely mystifies him.
Good examples, Ruby. I know I still say “O” for zero (at least when phone numbers are concerned).
I don’t think most Americans understand “half twelve.” I was stunned when I heard Brits actually use the term “fortnight.”
Annov, I LOLed about “nought point something.” Brits like their noughts (I still laugh that they call it “noughts and crosses” instead of “tic tac toe”).