Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sixteen Oh Two

I had one of my (many?) "well that's weird" kind of thoughts the other day.

I was walking somewhere and looked up to check the address and realized we don't say addresses the way we say numbers!

Which translated into my head as "we say addresses weird!"

Like, I don't live at four thousand and sixy two James Street, I live at 4062 James Street.  "forty, sixty two"  or 4602 wouldn't be "four thousand, six hundred and two" James Street it would be "forty six oh two" James Street.  You know?

I'm sure it has something to do with cross streets or something.  Like when I think of my old address of the house I grew up in, I believe the first three numbers corresponded to the cross street we were closest to, or something like that.  I'm sure there are reasons for how houses and buildings are labelled/numbered, but it was just this funny thought I had; that we say addresses differently than we would read them were they numbers like dollars or something.

Am I making half sense? 

(Oh wait, I say the year like it's an address?  Twenty eighteen rather than two thousand eighteen?  ERMAGHERD WHERE DOES THE WEIRD END?)


Jason Langlois said...

I think it's because the first part is the block, and the second part is where you are on the block.

So 4062 is Block 40, house 62. 40-62. You're not the 4,062th house there.

Sort of like phone numbers. 555-5555 is exchange 555, number 5555 and not the 555,555th number in the book.

I think anyway.

Victoria said...

Yeah, I think it has to be something like that for sure too :) But I really could start to confuse people if I tried to, eh? I live at fourthousandtwentyseven Blue Street! ;)

Jason Langlois said...

I think you should try that and see. Now I'm tempted to try that with my phone number.

"My phone number is two billion, five hundred and five million, five hundred and fifty five thousand, five hundred and fifty five."

Victoria said...

That's the best idea! HA! (Ok, probably only "best" in my head) ;)