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    Default how do you read 777?

    just a little whimsy

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    Default Re: how do you read 777?

    Seven seven seven or seven seventy seven or seven hundred seventy seven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1 View Post
    just a little whimsy
    It depends on the situation. We can read: seven hundres and seventy seven or seven seven seven ( seven double seven).

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    Default Re: how do you read 777?

    and will you say triple seven, especially when you are telling a phone number to someone? I know it sounds strange, but I met a Saudi, he said it this way.

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    Default Re: how do you read 777?

    In a phone number, I would say 'seven, double seven'.

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    Default Re: how do you read 777?

    triple seven is used in aviation terminology (esp. by Air Traffic Controlers), to refer to the Boeing 777

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    Default Re: how do you read 777?

    I wanna play too:

    777: seven, seventy-seven
    777: seven hundred and seventy-seven
    777: triple seven

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In a phone number, I would say 'seven, double seven'.
    I never would have thought of 'double seven' at the end. The reason being, when I was a telephone operator, years back, we were asked not to use the word 'double' when giving out phone numbers. "Only give numbers listed on the phone's key pad," we were instructed. Apparently, or so we were told, someone had called in to report a fire and when given the number 911 as nine-eleven, the person replied, with great anxiety, 'There isn't an eleven on my phone!". True story. Apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In a phone number, I would say 'seven, double seven'.
    A man after my own heart! [I agree very strongly.] Many years ago, the Post Office (who used to run the telephone service in the UK) stipulated some rules about saying numbers; this was in the days when phones weren't in widespread use, and people weren't sure how to deal with them. 'Triple' wasn't an option in those rules. Today, people say whatever works for them. There are arguments in favour of this approach, but it can hinder communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I never would have thought of 'double seven' at the end. The reason being, when I was a telephone operator, years back, we were asked not to use the word 'double' when giving out phone numbers. "Only give numbers listed on the phone's key pad," we were instructed. Apparently, or so we were told, someone had called in to report a fire and when given the number 911 as nine-eleven, the person replied, with great anxiety, 'There isn't an eleven on my phone!". True story. Apparently.
    Sounds like a candidate for a Darwin Award.

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