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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    #4

    Re: Why do we say this?

    Thank you very much
    curates-egg and SoothingDave

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