Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 10:05:08 PST
From: tom creswell creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET
Subject: Re: Zero or "o"?
The use of "zero" instead of "O" in oral recitation of numbers seems to me
to be a quite recent innovation but now very widespread.
Just this morning, a female respondent to a phone call to a NJ firm recited
the firm's zip code as "zero 8 zero 1 6 hyphen 4 nine zero 7."
In the past, if my memory serves me, "O's" were almost universally used in
I wonder if the innovation has been sparked by the difference in the zero and
the O on computer screens. My WordPerfect 5.1 prints out such numbers with
a capital "O," even though on the screen a distinction is made.