Native Speakers: 9-zero-2-1-zero or 9-oh-2-1-oh?

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  1. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    I am pretty sure 'oh' is not a number.

    This one has bugged me for a while now, perhaps since Tommy Tutone, though I guess it goes back to James Bond.
     
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    yeah oh is not a number.
    I cringe when on tv or movies military peeps say Oh
    instead of zero.
    it would be oscar if it were the letter O
     
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    Zero K.. now you've got me thinking... ;)
     
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    It's situation dependent in the military, or at least the Marines. It's zero six hundred, but if you are a rifleman you're an oh three eleven.
     
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    grunt
     
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    Hey! I resemble that remark. ;)
     
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    we say O more than zero..... though, there is an O on the end of zero, it depends which letter you put the emphasis on... the zee or the O part.... z isn't a number either...


    maybe if it's a bad phone line and you're trying to make a series of numbers more defined.. then I might stress zero for an O...
     
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    i had to drive you idiots around :D
     
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    I was actually an Oh three fifty two by trade, so I got to drive myself around thank you very much.

    3...2...1...ZEE-RO....
     
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    The TV show? Nine Oh Two One Oh.

    I usually say "oh" unless dictating a number over the phone, then I say "zero" to be extra clear.
     
  11. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    Why not be clear all the time? We could even say 'zed', if that extra syllable is too much trouble.
     
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    In my field, you have to be careful.

    When entering license keys, there is a big difference between Oh and Zero. Also a big difference between I and 1. You have to be careful with fonts when you print these out as well.
     
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    It's an extra consonant, not a syllable.
     
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    Another pronunciation difference: the British say "zirro", Americans "ZEEE-ro".
     
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    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    Oh, I thought 'o' was a vowel.
     
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    I thought you were talking about the "d" in zed.
     
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  17. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    Oh… 0kay.
     
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    This will all come to nought.
     
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    my head hurts, I had to get up at oh-dark-thirty.
     
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    The name of the TV show, "Beverly Hills 90210" flows off the tongue better if you pronounce the zeros as "oh".

    If you were being asked by a phone customer service agent, it would be best to say "nine zero two one zero".
     
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