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    Thom Futuri Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 2, 2006, 02:18 PM
    Why do people draw a horizontal line through the number seven and when is it appropriate to do so?
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    Feb 2, 2006, 02:26 PM
    This comes from the Z, which many draw a line through the letter Z, to keep it from looking like the number 2.
    A 7 is the same principle (although it doesn't look like a 2), and you can draw a line through it if you wish, anytime.
    Best wishes.
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    Feb 2, 2006, 02:58 PM
    Drawing the line through the seven is a french custom. In the same way that their long division looks different then ours, so does the number 7.
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    Feb 2, 2006, 04:38 PM
    Interesting! I have always put a line through my 7's. I also put a line through my Z's, both upper and lowercase. I've never really thought about why.

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