Why do we say Nine Eleven, not Nine One One?

Why do we say Nine Eleven, not Nine One One?

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webstercivet

373 posts

42 months

Monday 7th June
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braddo said:
When I think of BMW 3-series for example I tend to say:
- three one eight
- three twenty
- three two five
- three thirty
Good example. And good luck to anyone trying to learn English!

nunpuncher

2,283 posts

93 months

Monday 7th June
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Superleg48 said:
I tend to call them all “Fast Beetle”.

This is all I see:



Never appealed to me.
Seems odd that you took the time to click, read and post in a 911 specific thread.


I say "nine hundred and eleven" just to be awkward.

Mr Spoon

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428 posts

6 months

Monday 7th June
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webstercivet said:
Good example. And good luck to anyone trying to learn English!
I used to say three three five for my 335, but three thrirty for a 330!

and yes, good luck to anyone trying to figure this out, second language or first


I was hoping there was a reason, eg the manufacturer introduced it this way etc

Superleg48

1,366 posts

101 months

Monday 7th June
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nunpuncher said:
Seems odd that you took the time to click, read and post in a 911 specific thread.


I say "nine hundred and eleven" just to be awkward.
Because I am interested in cars generally (kind of the point of Pistonheads…no?), was surfing the What’s New section and fancied a read. Just because they are not the car for me, does that preclude me from reading threads about them? Didn’t think so.

The Beetle thing is a tongue in cheek comment. The consequences of an arid sense of humour.

It’s nine-one-one.

Adam.

21,155 posts

222 months

Tuesday 8th June
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67Dino said:
g7jhp said:
67Dino said:
Would this be a good moment to point out that quite a lot of the cars people call 911s (however they say it) aren’t a actually 911s anyway? They’re actually Porsche Carreras with code numbers of 964, 993 and so on. Got some of the brochures and the only place 911 gets mentioned is in the history section.
Rubbish they're all 911's.

The 964, 993, 996 is the model type.
Oddly, no 911 number on them though.
Yes they do, Porsche used to use the Carrera badge but not recently:
example of a 911 turbo S with same on rear - https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/11767586

Recent 911s (certainly the 991 and 992) have options to de-badge or replace the with a simple "911" badge.

Here’s a 996 anniversary, look at the badge


Edited by Adam. on Wednesday 9th June 15:31

dibblecorse

5,986 posts

160 months

Wednesday 9th June
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elanfan said:
What’s your emergency?
'Its a 1-8-7 0n an undercover cop ......'

If you get that reference I'll be impressed....

67Dino

2,526 posts

73 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Adam. said:
67Dino said:
g7jhp said:
67Dino said:
Would this be a good moment to point out that quite a lot of the cars people call 911s (however they say it) aren’t a actually 911s anyway? They’re actually Porsche Carreras with code numbers of 964, 993 and so on. Got some of the brochures and the only place 911 gets mentioned is in the history section.
Rubbish they're all 911's.

The 964, 993, 996 is the model type.
Oddly, no 911 number on them though.
Yes they do, Porsche used to use the Carrera badge but not recently:
example of a 911 turbo S with same on rear - https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/11767586

Recent 911s (certainly the 991 and 992) have options to de-badge or replace the with a simple "911" badge.

Here’s a 996 anniversary, look at the badge


Edited by Adam. on Wednesday 9th June 15:31
I just checked and I’m completely wrong. I’ve had 4 of the things and although the cars all said Carrera, the brochure (at least for the 996s) clearly says 911. For some reason I’ve carried this misconception since the late 1990s… Thanks for setting me straight. Doh.


Adam.

21,155 posts

222 months

Wednesday 9th June
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67Dino said:
I just checked and I’m completely wrong. I’ve had 4 of the things and although the cars all said Carrera, the brochure (at least for the 996s) clearly says 911. For some reason I’ve carried this misconception since the late 1990s… Thanks for setting me straight. Doh.
beer

And you’ve had 4 of them hehe

majordad

3,431 posts

165 months

Friday 11th June
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It’s the way the Germans say their numbers, I’ve never heard them say anything other than Nine Forty Four etc.