May 18, 2005

No you fool!

I find the Roman Numeral IIII very annoying. As far as I know, as soon as you reach 3 numerals, you start subtracting from the next one, thus is goes I, II, III, IV, not IIII. I'm pretty sure that no numeral appears more than III 3 times, apart from M because there's nothing above it…

It just gets on my nerves and I wish people wouldn't do it…


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    I think IIII is sometimes acceptable as 4, but I don't think VIIII is as 9, so they generally don't use it. You can get clocks that go I, II, III, IIII, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII though

    18 May 2005, 20:08

  2. IIII was how it was orignially written though! Tastes change I guess.

    See:

    link

    18 May 2005, 20:11

  3. The Romans had no convention for writing large numbers. However, a commonly used system was to write a bar above one or more Roman numerals, indicating multiplication by one thousand. This method avoids having to write the letter M many times.

    18 May 2005, 20:12

  4. Well, I still find it annoying…

    19 May 2005, 08:29


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