I'm sure you've seen those adverts - usually for large electronic goods or furniture - where some breathless voice over actor tells us that the price of a television or sofa is now just "four nine nine".
Four nine nine what? Does he mean four hundred and ninety nine pounds? If so, why not say so?
Why has it become so hard to say numbers properly?
Almost as annoying is the habit of saying something is "now under five hundred pounds" when the sticker price is £499.99.
I hate it.