grammar question

OK, so now I’ve read two reviews of the new movie “Being John Malkovich” where they mention that John Cusack’s character works for a company “located on the 7 1/2th floor of the Mertin-Flemmer Building.”

How can that possibly be right? How would you pronounce that? “seven and a halfth floor”? I could see if you wrote it “7.5 th floor”, pronounced “seven point fifth floor.”

How should one write that sentence?

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The only thing I could think of in regard to this was:

“Duck Dodgers in the 24th and half Century!!”

Daffy Duck’s speech impediment doesn’t help us to resolve the question, though.

Or maybe, just maybe, he lives on the seventy-one halfs (thirty fifth and a half) floor. You think about that.

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I read it as “seven and a halfth” before I got to your question about it, so I guess that’s the way I’m voting.

It’s an unusual phrase because ordinals tend to be whole numbers. But if “zeroth” is a correct term (and I have seen/heard that a lot) then I can’t see a reason to reject “halfth”.

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he would have been born with 50,000 pounds of thrust.

And all this 'cause two putz reviewers couldn’t spell “mezzanine”?

Sigh…maybe there’s something to this Armageddon stuf after all.

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I’m with Pluto; I also read it as “seven and a halfth” before I got to your question. It’s not that hard to pronounce.

Now, if you’d said he lived on the “21rd” floor, I’d have been in trouble.

I vote for seven and an halve. Don’t ask why.

Damn! How’d that ‘n’ get in there. Now I’ll have to stick with it.

Seventh Floor Mezzanine.

I’m Plutonian also. I read it immediately as ‘seven and a halfth’. You want maybe the fifteen halfths, or fifteen halfseth, floor?

I’ll avoid that problem and put my office on thw 12 1/2th floor, i.e., the one-bitth floor.

Then again, the pieth floor might help me with my circular reasoning. And I keep hearing an ad that has an elevator that goes sideways and diagonally, so there must also be imaginary components to floorths.

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“Seventh and a half” sounds more standard to me.

Until I got to Mr. KnowItAll’s post, I thought I’d been the only one to automatically read it as “seventh and a half”.


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Actually, I should correct myself. I read seven and a halfth, but I instantly said to myself, “That’s doesn’t sound right, shouldn’t it be seventh and a half?”

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No, but technically, maybe ‘seven-and-a-halfth’. But consider ‘7 1/8th’. You should technically call that ‘seven-and-one-eigthth’, right? Of course, ‘eighth’ always should’ve been ‘eightth’, in which case you’d end up with ‘eightthth’.

Rayth (Maybe it comes out better in Welsh.)

Geez, how would you pronounce “eightthth”? Any ideas?

I read it as “seven and a halfth”, also, if you’re writing up stats for it.

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No, it’s a surreal film. It really is “the 7 1/2th floor”.

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It seems that the consensus is “seven and a halfth”.

But I wish to make it clear that when I become a famous movie reviewer, I will write a review of the movie and phrase it as “seventh floor and a half”. I think “halfth” is an abomination.

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