Regular blog readers will know that I love numbers - I like them better than letters. Can you count the reasons?
- there are fewer of them - 10 as opposed to 26
- they can be strung together any old how to make newer, bigger (or smaller) numbers
- unlike a random string of letters I can still read & pronounce 34218642556021756346906314580!
- the everyday rules for manipulating numbers are pretty simple and very powerful - no past participles, no imperfect subjunctives, nothing irregular to trip you up - just adding and subtracting with some multiplying and dividing for speed!
- two digits, not two letters are at the heart of the industrialised world: 0 and 1 are the binary representations of Boolean algebra that helped drive early mechanisation
- you can count letters but you don't need to spell numbers
- numbers are internationally recognised: I can write down my credit card number for a Norwegian, a Ukranian or a Mexican and they will all be happy
- marking maths problems is quicker than marking English essays
- numbers are lucky - have you ever heard of anyone having a lucky letter?
- people understand you when you dictate a number - no confusion between 6 and 3 like there is between M & N or B & D; no need to behave like police dispatchers and spell out Oscar Uniform Tango
Do you like numbers? How about Tens? There are lots of them over at Shimelle's place - why not share your own?