Since the last several posts have had a lot of numbers in them, I thought I would share with you something which I just learned recently. That is, the reason that numbers are written in the manner that they are.
As a grade school kid, I was taught to copy the way a “1” is supposed to look and a “2”, etc. No one ever explained me to why they were shaped as they were – and, frankly, it never occurred to me to question that. I was far too busy trying to understand why the “f” in fish was pronounced in the same way as the “ph” in phenobarbital. Well, that particular example might have been something I wondered about when I was a bit older.
But here is the explanation. It’s all about “angles” as the following chart illustrates:
This is something else for you to digest – along with your turkey and all the trimmings.
Have a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving.