Numbers

A color plate used to help screen for red/green color deficiency. You should see the number “42”.

This is mostly just a filler post, but I guess that it is somewhat pertinent.

We use numbers every day in our writing. Whether it is a specific number, or something a bit more arbitrary.  I was watching the X-Files last weekend, and happened to catch Mulder’s apartment number: 42. “The answer to life, the universe, and everything.” Seems fitting. 😛

Then, while listening to Pandora a few days ago, the Limp Bizcut song “Hot Dog” came on. Partway through, they cavalierly announce that they have just said the F* word 47 times.

People are even using them in place of letters. Such as in the title for the show Numb3rs. Chat room users and texters use them all the time in similar capacities.

And who hasn’t played the figuring games to spell out words with a calculator growing up?

A traditional Haiku poem consists of 17 “on” (Japanese for “sound”, used to reference the count of Hiragana characters/syllables in the poem structure).

These are just some of the ways numbers have developed a use in our writing. What are some of the ways that you have found?

 

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2 thoughts on “Numbers

  1. Numbers are such a fundamental part of our culture and reasoning that it’s almost impossible to think that only a few thousand years ago, they didn’t exist. The human mind insists on seeing patterns in coincidence; was Mulder’s apartment intentional, or coincidence? Was. 9/11 planned to be on the date that represents the ubiquitous US emergency number? In my current book, I am trying to create a world with no reckoning of dates and time – its pretty damn hard!

    1. Some cultures today still don’t use dates, time, and even numbers! They are quite happy to use the concepts of none, one, and more than one. It’s kind of interesting actually (on a sociology level).

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