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Why x.xx$ in Poland?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
8 Jun 2010 #1
Why do Poles insist on writing 25$ and the like. Shouldn’t currency symbols precede the numerals thus: $25, ₤3,50 or €4.89?
pgtx 29 | 3,159
8 Jun 2010 #2
because we have 50 zł, not zł50...
Seanus 15 | 19,706
8 Jun 2010 #3
Again, Polish thinking proves to be more logical. I've found this when discussing things with my wife. 50 what? 50 złoty, it's logical. What isn't always so clear is when to use złoty or złotych.
plk123 8 | 4,150
9 Jun 2010 #4
yup, when saying it, the $ comes after the amount..

Again, Polish thinking proves to be more logical.

that is why there are loads of computer geniuses in PL
z_darius 14 | 3,968
9 Jun 2010 #5
$ stands for Dollar(s).
Hence we have a choice to say 25 Dollars (25$) or Dollars 25 ($25)

kinda like 100 km/h instead of km/h 100
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
9 Jun 2010 #6
because we have 50 zł, not zł50...

Sorki but that's not always true ;)

United States Dollar (USD)
USD $ 1 $ 5 $ 10 $ 50 $ 100 $ 250 $ 500
PLN zł 3.44 zł 17.19 zł 34.38 zł 171.88 zł 343.76 zł 859.4 zł 1718.8

Polish Zloty (PLN)
PLN zł 5 zł 10 zł 50 zł 100 zł 250 zł 500 zł 1000
USD $ 1.45 $ 2.91 $ 14.55 $ 29.09 $ 72.73 $ 145.45 $ 290.9

finance.yahoo/currency-converter/?u#from=USD;to=PLN;amt=1

Why do Poles insist on writing 25$ and the like. Shouldn't currency symbols precede the numerals thus: $25, ₤3,50 or €4.89?

It's just a different tradition, that's all.

Why do we write May 5th, 2010 when most of the world writes 5 May, 2010?

Why do we write 1,000.00 when most of the world writes 1000,00?

Why do we say it's 59F outside when most of the world says it's 15'C?

Why do we drive 75MPH on the interstate when most of the world drives at 120km/h?

Why do we buy a gallon of milk when most of the world gets 3.8 liters? (Ok, for Brits here a gallon is 4.55 liters ;)

I say why not? Vive la différence ;)
Wroclaw Boy
9 Jun 2010 #7
Some countries versions of writing the date ie month, day, year is truly illogical, it should be day, month, year.
plk123 8 | 4,150
9 Jun 2010 #8
or Dollars 25

no.. 25 dollars.. always but it's always written the other way $25..

PLN zł 3.44 zł 17.19 zł 34.38 zł 171.88 zł 343.76 zł 859.4 zł 1718.8

no.. polish currency (zł) always follows the number.. ALWAYS

Why do we write May 5th, 2010

because that's just messed up.. it's not the logical order of things..

Why do we say it's 59F outside

just different units altogether..

most of the world gets 3.8 liters?

no.. 1L or 2L.. the rest of the world doesn't split it funky way you suggest..

Why do we write 1,000.00 when most of the world writes 1000,00?

both of those are illogical, again.. 1000.00 is the correct way.. (although i have seen this 1'000.00)... unless you get into the scientific notation.. USA also uses engineering notation (every 3 spaces) that i don't recall ever seeing outside of the states.
Wroclaw Boy
9 Jun 2010 #9
both of those are illogical, again.. 1000.00 is the correct way..

what about verbal? why do many Americans say twenty five hundred instead of two thousand five hundred? Both correct but one a little more (ahhhh what should i say)complicated for some.

Its also catchy when working with Americans, i think because it sounds like more when one says twenty five hundred.

because that's just messed up.. it's not the logical order of things..

year, month, day would work, but thats not the case either. Whats the reason for this weirdness?
plk123 8 | 4,150
10 Jun 2010 #10
why do many Americans say twenty five hundred instead of two thousand five hundred?

i learned that in queen's english too.. hmm why? i dunno.. maybe it does sound like something more.. people say it both ways here but you may be right that majority like the "-hundred" thing..

Whats the reason for this weirdness?

americans are special? lol
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Jun 2010 #11
Americans say twenty five hundred

In Swedish we also say twenty five hundred (tjugofem hundra) versus two thousand five hundred. We can say it both ways but the "American" way sounds more logical to us - Germanic languages have their own logic. I like the American way of writing numbers for sure. 1,000,000 is very clear from far away wheras if I see 1000000 I have to count the zeroes to figure out if it's a million or not. That's just me though.

When it comes to money, remember it's just the way we write it down, to emphasize numbers. Reading is the same -> $25 is always 25 dollars just like 25zł is always twenty five złoty.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
10 Jun 2010 #12
why do many Americans say twenty five hundred instead of two thousand five hundred?

i like how they do it... no matter how you say it, they always get it... two five hundred fifty six and seventeen... ;)
1jola 14 | 1,879
10 Jun 2010 #13
americans are special? lol

Brits are pretty special too. How many stone do you weigh?
1jola 14 | 1,879
10 Jun 2010 #15
No, the fourteen pound stone still used for measuring a person's weight.
SouthMancPolak - | 104
10 Jun 2010 #16
And just to confuse everyone even more...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakh

lol :)
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Jun 2010 #17
Good point.

In Sweden we use "Swedish mile" or svensk mil, except we just call it mile or mil. 1 mil is exactly 10 km so when you ask someone how far is it from Malmö to Kiruna they'll say it's only 142 miles which of course a tourist might take for UK/US miles or 230 kilometers. Because most people have never even heard of the Swedish mile.

However, 142 Swedish miles is actually 1,420 kilometers, not 230 as one would think. ;)
Leopejo 4 | 120
19 Jun 2010 #18
The only "oddity" I have found - at least in Polish textbooks - is the use of "deka", as in decagrams, for buying food as in cheese or ham. Is this common?

Not that I find odd at all our use of "etto" (100 grams) in Italy for the same reason...
jwojcie 2 | 763
20 Jun 2010 #19
Some countries versions of writing the date ie month, day, year is truly illogical, it should be day, month, year.

I strongly disagree with that :-) The best and most logical way of writing the date is:
year_month_day
because of very simple reason: when you start your folders names with such string (ie with photos from vacations) then you can sort it by date :-) Otherwise it is a mess :-)
plk123 8 | 4,150
20 Jun 2010 #20
Is this common?

very.. it's not a bad thing as some of these things are easier weighed in 10's of grams instead.

Not that I find odd at all our use of "etto" (100 grams) in Italy for the same reason...

see??

then you can sort it by date :-)

i so agree.. that is exactly how all my photo albums (folders) are organized.


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