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March 28, 2012



A chance to ask something that has always bugged me. Why does Big Ben have "IV" instead of "IIII"? I thought it was a British thing, but the clock pictured here has "IIII", like all other clocks.

Mick H

I always thought that "IV" was the more normal version, with "IIII" a less common variant. According to this site - http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/learn:numbers-1 - the Romans only used "IV", not "IIII". Maybe at some point - late Eighteenth Century, say? - "IIII" became fashionable for some reason.

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