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Small instructions on how to abbreviate ordinal numbers correctly ...

On the occasion (simply because I have just noticed several of these errors again) a mini lesson.

Ordinal numbers are numbers that indicate a certain order, such as first, second, third or hundredth. Since our Arabic-European numerals allow it to be abbreviated, it is often used.

"The hundredth birthday" then becomes "the 100th birthday" or, even shorter, the "100th birthday". It's actually quite simple, you look at the word "hundredth" carefully and replace the part "hundred" with the number 100 or the whole word with the number 100 and the period after it.

The "third birthday" is difficult because the word "three" just doesn't appear there. You can then write "3rd birthday" again and "3rd birthday" is still well understood, but you should refrain from creative new creations such as "3rd birthday" or "3rd birthday".

The "umpteenth birthday" always seems to be tricky, such as the "eightieth birthday". The "80th birthday" is completely wrong and the "80th birthday" would be formally correct but rather misleading.


So save yourself the hustle and bustle, take the number, put a point after it and save me and you the confused letter sequences behind it ...


(I know there are worse spelling mistakes in the CK and that might actually just be whining on a high level, but now I've already typed the text and then I'll send it off ...