# Thread: Why do we say this?

1. ## Why do we say this?

Hello,

Why do we say this
1907 is said as nineteen o seven
we say the letter o not say the number zero

Why we pronounce the "th" as "t" in Thomas?

2. ## Re: Why do we say this?

In British English, the word "oh" is frequently used for '0' in:

Years from the eleventh to the twentieth century: 1008 (ten oh eight)1907
Telephone numbers: 397060
In numbers after the decimal point: 3.09

Before the decimal point, we tend to say 'nought':
0.07 = nought point oh seven.

In sports, '0' is usually 'nil':
1:0 = one - nil

In racket sports, '0' is usually 'love'
30:0 = thirty - love.

That's just the way it is.

3. ## Re: Why do we say this?

"Oh" is one syllable. "Zero" is two. It is simply easier to say "oh" when giving out numbers. That a number is meant is clear from context.

4. ## Re: Why do we say this?

Thank you very much
curates-egg and SoothingDave

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