The Wall Street Journal recently ran a front-page article predicting the impending death of cursive writing, replaced by the need to be proficient at typing. Cursive writing will join Roman numerals on the list of what used to be taught in our public schools. 

Roman numerals are still occasionally important. For example, how else would you know that Super Bowl XLVII refers to the 47th such matchup? Or that MMXIII is another way of saying 2013? Thanks to search engines such as Google, we needn’t have studied Roman numerals in school to translate these numbers when we see them. 

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