Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 13:55:26 -0500
From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM
Subject: Re: Zero or "o"?
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 09:53:54 -0600
From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU
does anyone have any informal observations
about the use of "zero" vs. "o" in reading
series of numbers?
I've always felt that "oh" is the commonly used pronunciation, but "zero" is
used when someone wants to be absolutely explicitly clear about the number.
This came up in a conversation in Japan, because "maru" (lit. "circle") is
used in generaly conversation, but "zero" (zeh-roh) is used when someone
wants to be very precise. It seems interesting how close usage can be.