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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More numbers with special meanings

Yesterday I gave some examples of numbers that mean MORE or OTHER than their numerical value. The alternative meanings are discovered in real life rather than in the classroom. I called this number slang.  Here are a few more examples:

  • 7 or Seven - a Lotus car driven by "the Prisoner" in a TV series
  • V70XC - a Volvo 4x4 station wagon
  • 99 - a Saab sedan
  • 100 - an Audi mid-size sedan
  • F150 - a Ford light-duty pickup truck
  • 450SL - a 4.5 liter V8-engined Mercedes-Benz
  • 500 - a Ford sedan based on the Taurus
  • 650 - a 5-liter BMW coupe
  • 900 and 9000 - large Saab sedans
  • 5000 - an early Audi
Cars aren't the only vehicles designated with numbers. Can you name the industry that labels its products like this?
  • B1
  • C5
  • SR71
  • E195
  • A320
  • S340
  • 747
  • L1011

 Or a company that labels its products like this?
  • 3 ~ 1.1
  • 3G ~ 1.2
  • 3GS ~ 2.1
  • 4 ~ 3.1
  • 4 ~ 3.3

Or the products associated with these numbers?
  • 0
  • 31
  • 40
  • 57
  • 409
  • 501
  • 7-11
I'll give you a summarized report on alphanumeric name branding mumbo-jumbo:

Alphanumeric brand names include a mix of letters and numbers (e.g., 7UP, A8, 3M). There are literally millions of registered and unregistered alphanumeric brands. Despite widespread use, the way consumers make choices among them remains unclear. Alphanumeric brands usually follow a sequence (e.g., Audi A3, A4, A6, A8). Consumers have different perceptions about these brand names, but many assume that as the numeric portions of the brand names increase, the product is superior or more recent. Consumers tend to prefer product options with higher versus lower numeric portions (e.g., X-200 versus X-100), even if they are objectively inferior. This numeric value effect varies by type of product, the degree to which consumers think about their decisions, and the availability of product information. It is common for consumers to decide most technical products with higher alphanumeric labels are improved (Pentium IV more advanced than Pentium III). However, many products do not get better as the brand number increases, and it may be difficult or impossible for the average consumer to figure out many brand names actually refer to (Bosch 500 SHV65P03UC dishwasher).

OK, I say let's 86 this topic.  If you want more, go to Wikipedia. 10-4, over and out.

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