superscript ordinals in English

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Subject: superscript ordinals in English
Posted by:  Jaakov (j_k_vNOSP…
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016

Dear all:

Leaving aside historical considerations, ease of typesetting,
publisher-forced space limits, and usage frequency, is there any other
reason for using or refraining from using superscript ordinals in English?

I.e., I'm asking for aesthetic, technical, and psychological reasons for
why reading or writing

1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, ..., n^{th}, (n+1)^{st}, ...
(where ^{xy} means that xy is typeset as a superscript)

should be more or less pleasant, rewarding, or just quick than reading
or writing

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ..., nth, (n+1)-st, ...

in English.

Thanks in advance,


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