How has written language evolved? There was no formal learning of words with letters and numbers together. And yet, when personalized license plates became widely available, the creativity burst forth and all kinds of 'play-words' evolved to be seen on passing cars. I took a look at Plates4Less:
"We at Plates 4 Less love to get creative in looking for private number plates so that we can give your vehicle a splash of personality! Our expert search team have created this page especially for people looking for private number plates featuring the number 9. We have been as crafty as we can, trying out as many different combinations as possible to get the best matches available. We hope you find the masterpiece you’ve been looking for! " The plates4less search team. What makes a license plate cost 33,000, 306,000 or 6,500 pounds?
Our brain has an innate ability to translate letters and numbers. This is the title of a post at turnerink.co.uk
"F1gur471v3ly 5p34k1ng? How your brain can read words made of numbers"
Didn't that make you smile?
At the Fun with Words site there are observations about numbers, as spelled out in English, as in "Eight is the first number alphabetically, zero is the last" or this: "Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice In Wonderland, once noted that "eleven plus two" and "twelve plus one" use the same letters and produce the same sum."