June 21, 2007

Caribbean Monetary Notation

One helpful reader of my post on Number Delimitation pointed out that some localization data indicates that in several Caribbean countries, in both English and Spanish, although ordinary numbers are written with the usual grouping into threes, in monetary values only the low group of three is delimited. In other words, an ordinary number looks like this: 123,456,789 but the same number of dollars is written $123456,789. Can anyone confirm this practice? If so, does anyone know its origin?

Posted by Bill Poser at June 21, 2007 05:13 PM