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Gil T.Azell January 11 2013 04:36 AM

Dumb Question of the day..
 
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO

When it should be.

Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?

scotpens January 11 2013 04:42 AM

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^^ Same reason people forget to put a comma between a city and state, e.g., "Sarasota Florida" or "Austin Texas." Rampant illiteracy.

sojourner January 11 2013 05:18 AM

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Funny, I just read a dime store novel where the main characters were Sarasota Florida and her boyfriend, Austin Texas.

ManOnTheWave January 11 2013 05:22 AM

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Sounds like the sort of novel where a major character disappears halfway through because the author forgot them. Was that, by chance, the fate of Gary Indiana?

The Mirrorball Man January 11 2013 05:32 AM

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Gil T.Azell wrote: (Post 7518244)
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO

When it should be.

Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?

They do it because we say "fifty dollars", and not "dollars fifty". I'm not sure it's important or a sign of illiteracy.

auntiehill January 11 2013 05:47 AM

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Gil T.Azell wrote: (Post 7518244)
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO

When it should be.

Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?


I often wonder why people randomly capitalize words, or use improper punctuation.
:biggrin:

M'Sharak January 11 2013 07:19 AM

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auntiehill wrote: (Post 7518496)
Quote:

Gil T.Azell wrote: (Post 7518244)
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO

When it should be.

Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?


I often wonder why people randomly capitalize words, or use improper punctuation.
:biggrin:

I had to stop wondering about those - there are just too many. (Randomly-placed commas which serve no grammatical purpose will still get me shaking my head, though, if I'm not careful.)

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ManOnTheWave wrote: (Post 7518427)
Sounds like the sort of novel where a major character disappears halfway through because the author forgot them. Was that, by chance, the fate of Gary Indiana?

Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana,
That's the town that knew me when!

Rhubarbodendron January 11 2013 09:16 AM

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The Mirrorball Man wrote: (Post 7518463)
Quote:

Gil T.Azell wrote: (Post 7518244)
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO
When it should be.
Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?

They do it because we say "fifty dollars", and not "dollars fifty". I'm not sure it's important or a sign of illiteracy.

I agree with that theory. Plus it might also be a sign of globalisation as in almost every other language the currency is written after the amount

spinnerlys January 11 2013 12:30 PM

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Rhubarbodendron wrote: (Post 7518904)

I agree with that theory. Plus it might also be a sign of globalisation as in almost every other language the currency is written after the amount

Now the conversion to Celsius and the metric system, but that should probably take another hundred years.

Rhubarbodendron January 11 2013 12:39 PM

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optimist! :p

Scout101 January 11 2013 01:08 PM

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Quote:

The Mirrorball Man wrote: (Post 7518463)
Quote:

Gil T.Azell wrote: (Post 7518244)
I'm wondering why lately I see a lot of people put the $ sign after the Figure?

EG; For sale Small Fridge 50$ OBO

When it should be.

Like For sale Small Fridge $50 OBO.

Just Curious?

They do it because we say "fifty dollars", and not "dollars fifty". I'm not sure it's important or a sign of illiteracy.

Isn't that the perfect example of the rampant illiteracy he's talking about, though? They're not writing it the way it SHOULD be written, they are writing it they way they've heard it. Fifty Dollars, so 50$, right?

Would love to blame globalization and international culture, but we're talking about Craigslist, right? How cultured do those folks seem to YOU? Can't spell their way out of a wet paper bag (spell check your ad, maybe?), no pictures of something that obviously requires them, tell them to contact you, but no phone number or email in the ad, etc. Not the jet-setting type.

This is the fun downward slide of English. txt speak, calling people a looser on forums, repeating 'mute point' to the extent that it's borderline acceptable, etc. People are idiots, and no one cares anymore...

MacLeod January 11 2013 03:27 PM

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spinnerlys wrote: (Post 7519186)
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Rhubarbodendron wrote: (Post 7518904)

I agree with that theory. Plus it might also be a sign of globalisation as in almost every other language the currency is written after the amount

Now the conversion to Celsius and the metric system, but that should probably take another hundred years.

Well here in the UK we still normally put the sign before the amount i.e. 50.

I'm sure the states will get around coverting to metric, you've just got to spend a decade or two dual labelling, a few years teaching bofe in school and towards the end only teach metric in school. You set a deadline i.e. by 2040 we will be using the metric system and stick to it. Yes some people won't like esp. if they grew up using the imperial system, but the change is not about the current generation(s) but the next generation and the one after that, and the one after that and so on.

Though which ever system a person uses when writing it down they should specifiy which system. i.e 40C.

The Mirrorball Man January 11 2013 05:17 PM

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Scout101 wrote: (Post 7519255)
They're not writing it the way it SHOULD be written, they are writing it they way they've heard it. Fifty Dollars, so 50$, right?

The way things SHOULD be written changes constantly. Language is not a religion, it's more like an ant farm.

sojourner January 11 2013 06:07 PM

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MacLeod wrote: (Post 7519588)

I'm sure the states will get around coverting to metric, you've just got to spend a decade or two dual labelling, a few years teaching bofe in school and towards the end only teach metric in school.

They tried it here in the 70's, it didn't take. And "bofe"? Did you just say "bofe"? ;)

Gil T.Azell January 12 2013 04:26 AM

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auntiehill wrote: (Post 7518496)
I often wonder why people randomly capitalize words, or use improper punctuation.
:biggrin:

Being way too tired for one. :lol:

And not using spell check, as for my initial question I was brought up to write it $50 not 50$, so I guess I can blame my teachers, :shrug: :devil:

But I'm not writing to the game show produces to tell them they are wrong, I mean they make big $$$, for that.

Have a great weekend people.
Bill.


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