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Posted on 12-31-10 08:26:39 PM Link | Quote
It's either this year or next, depending on where you are

Years recently aren't nearly so cumbersome in Roman numerals as those in the last 20th century. I was born in MCMXCLXXXVII, for instance.
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:41:08 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Terra
I was born in MCMXCLXXXVII, for instance.


You were born in 2077?
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:42:27 PM Link | Quote
Derp, I knew there were too many symbols in there

MCMLXXXVII? Is that right?
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:43:59 PM Link | Quote
Assuming you were born in 1987, yes

I was born in MCMXCIV.
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:44:53 PM Link | Quote
You're young, Zero One

Back in MCMXCIV, I turned VII years old and entered the IInd grade
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:46:32 PM Link | Quote
Late 20th-century dates are harder to write in Roman numerals than early 21st, perhaps, but I think what this thread definitively shows is that they also look better (or at least more impressive) while doing so.
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:47:41 PM (last edited by Zero One at 12-31-10 08:48 PM) Link | Quote
If I'm correct then 1999 SHOULD be MIM. 1,000, then 1 before 1,000. But I'm probably wrong

EDIT: Ah, I am, that's 2001. I wonder about IMM...
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:49:05 PM Link | Quote
I was born in MCMXCII. Ugh, there's a reason we don't use these anymore.

2011 is just a little over 2 hours away here ...
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:49:47 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by FieryIce
2011 is just a little over 2 hours away here ...


It's been MMXI over here for almost II hours We're only X minutes away.
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Posted on 12-31-10 08:49:52 PM Link | Quote
"Officially", you can't use subtraction with a number that's more than 10 times, so like IV and IX are fine, but not IL (which becomes XLIX), IC (which becomes XCIX), etc.

The actual Romans were a lot more free with it, though, and they might write, say, IIII for 4, IIV for 3, VV for 10, etc.
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Posted on 12-31-10 09:44:26 PM Link | Quote
I'm sure the Romans would prefer IM for 1999 over what you would normally use. I think it's MCMXCIX.
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Posted on 12-31-10 10:52:37 PM Link | Quote
1888 was even worse (MDCCCLXXXVIII), 1988 is 2 less letters

But there's also a pretty big difference when just spelling out the numbers, at least in French ... 1999 is "mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf", then 2010 is simply "deux mille dix" Not so much in English, between "nineteen ninety-nine" and "two thousand and ten", or does "twenty ten" work too?
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Posted on 12-31-10 10:54:53 PM Link | Quote
Ah, so French doesn't have a shorthand way of saying long numbers? In really proper English it'd be "one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine", but almost nobody calls years that.
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Posted on 12-31-10 11:02:31 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Milly
1888 was even worse (MDCCCLXXXVIII), 1988 is 2 less letters

But there's also a pretty big difference when just spelling out the numbers, at least in French ... 1999 is "mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf", then 2010 is simply "deux mille dix" Not so much in English, between "nineteen ninety-nine" and "two thousand and ten", or does "twenty ten" work too?

I've heard twenty-ten before... I think the 2000s (since no one would say something like "twenty one" and mean anything other than 21 vs. 2001...) kind of hurt the shorthand version's usage, but it'll probably become more and more common again now.
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Posted on 12-31-10 11:07:55 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Milly
1888 was even worse (MDCCCLXXXVIII), 1988 is 2 less letters

But there's also a pretty big difference when just spelling out the numbers, at least in French ... 1999 is "mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf", then 2010 is simply "deux mille dix" Not so much in English, between "nineteen ninety-nine" and "two thousand and ten", or does "twenty ten" work too?

"two thousand and nine", "twenty ten" (much like the new default Wordpress theme), etc.
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Posted on 12-31-10 11:24:13 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Terra
Ah, so French doesn't have a shorthand way of saying long numbers? In really proper English it'd be "one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine", but almost nobody calls years that.


Nope, at least that's what my French professor told me. Spanish doesn't have one, either ... we'd say "mil novecientos noventa y nueve" for 1999 and "dos mil diez" for 2010.
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Posted on 12-31-10 11:48:06 PM Link | Quote
German has a little bit of a shortcut in neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig, as it starts translated "nineteen hundred" and not "one thousand, nine hundred". Still not as efficient as English.
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Posted on 01-01-11 01:10:58 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Terra
German has a little bit of a shortcut in neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig, as it starts translated "nineteen hundred" and not "one thousand, nine hundred". Still not as efficient as English.

...German has got to be the only language where "neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig" can be considered a shortcut.
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Posted on 01-01-11 01:15:10 AM Link | Quote
That's just because German tends to compress numbers into one word. A new word doesn't get added until a million, so the number 234567 would be zweihundertvierunddreißigtausendfünfhundertsiebenundsechzig, if I'm not mistaken
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