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Old 11-10-2009, 08:57 AM
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I think it's a typo, as all of us know that's a 1600 cc engine.
that or, as google, they (TG) can't discerner between the two symbols.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:58 AM
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:12 PM
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For those over in Europe, why is it that Top Gear's UK website refers to a "1.6L" motor instead of a "1,6L"? Is the "," vs "." an English speaking vs X speaking thing? Which languages, countries etc used "," for the decimal?

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I think it's a typo, as all of us know that's a 1600 cc engine.
that or, as google, they (TG) can't discerner between the two symbols.
It's not a typo but a common convention adopted by car manufacturers many years ago.


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Old 11-10-2009, 01:07 PM
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A comma would have just looked weird, the dot has a nicer look on the badge.
It also helps having the lower part of the badge plain straight, without the comma.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:28 PM
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Main reason is coz the UK uses '.' for decimal point and comma ',' for thousands separators. We've never used the ';'.

Another historical abomination.
In the late 40s the Standards Industry unit documentation were agreed to be the STANDARD was defined in the English version and the period was defined as use for numbers .. but the French were acknowledged as using the comma.

BUT the French publications ignored this minor twist and later they forced the putting aside of the "English standard is the right one" in the SI and continued their practise of commas.

Interesting question from me for the vernacular usage is how does everyone say 2.3 in their own language ?

eg we say "two point three" and so clearly it's dot and can never really be a comma.
WHat do non-English language users say ? This has got me thinking ....
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:47 PM
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In Estonian 2,3 = kaks koma kolm

It is comma.
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In catalan and spanish 2,3 = dos coma tres
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In catalan and spanish 2,3 = dos coma tres
In the North-American Spanish I've heard, it's said "dos punto tres".
I guess it's symptomatic of being on the same continent as the US.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:00 PM
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:04 PM
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NOW that left me confused
Use WIi ( ok I know it's not he most reliable ) and it said
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virgola f. (plural virgole)

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tre virgola cinque - three point five
zero virgola sei - point six
So sounds like you guys get one word that means both )
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NOW that left me confused
Use WIi ( ok I know it's not he most reliable ) and it said

So sounds like you guys get one word that means both )
wtf?!

Well, I must say, doing calculations, it is usual to say "3 punto 2 + 4 punto 6", meaning "3,2 + 4,6" even if we should say "3 virgola 2 + 3 virgola 6", as we do, if we are in the mood for it.

Italians, damn poetic license.
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Does explain why Fiat is so unreliable though
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Does explain why Fiat is so unreliable though
Nah, that's a whole (false) different story, and unfortunately it can't be fixed with a comma.
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yeah I know, but hey we brits loving playing the stereotype
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:26 PM
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It isn't that British cars had a good image over here (try to explain the 75 diesel had a BMW drivetrain...).

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