Hey, I was watching a video on Youtube which there were millennials who were talking about sneakers and their prices .Firsthand i couldn't grasp numbers so i had to use subtitle and this is what they said as opposed to the way i've learnt in textbooks:
2500$ Textbook : two thousand five hundred dollar They said :twenty five hundred
1100$ Textbook:one thousand one hundred They said:eleven hundred
I wouldn't say it's a new way, but informally speaking, it isn't wrong either. Yes, two-thousand five-hundred dollars is correct but twenty-five hundred is saying the same thing in a different way. For example, 1,500 can be pronounced as one-thousand five-hundred as well as fifteen hundred. However, saying numbers this way only occurs when the number ends in an even "hundred"
So, if those shoes were to cost $1,550, the subtitles would read one-thousand five-hundred and fifty dollars and the people speaking in the video would say it the same way.
It isn't new. There is more than one way to read numbers aloud in English. In the case of numbers of four digits or less that end in "00," it is usual to describe it in terms of hundreds.
For example, calendar years are almost always read that way. The nineteenth century is "the eighteen hundreds."
We remember that the first voyage of Christopher Columbus took place in 1492 from the rhyme
"In fourteen hundred and ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
Business that get telephone numbers ending in 00 usually read them as "hundreds." I still remember a radio commercial jingle from my childhood. I think it was a furniture store whose phone number was "Melrose 5-5300." It was sung as "Melrose five, five three hundred."
Thanks Dan for info.
My bad.As learner who excessively rely on textbooks ,i've never seen this kinda citing numbers till watched that in video.