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I've just heard a native English speaker saying this:

"North.5"

which means:

0.5

I mean seriously?! What kind of number is that? I may have misheard him but in mathematics, I've never heard of this one before, so it must be regional. Please clarify.

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You must have heard "nought", a mainly British name for the "zero" digit. It rhymes with caught, ought, etc. "Nought point five" is a typically British way of saying aloud what is written as "0.5". In figures, you write one million as a one followed by six noughts. British people sometimes refer to the decade that started in 2000 as 'the noughties'.

nought

number (ZERO) ​ [ C ]

mainly UK (USA usually naught) the number 0 or zero:

He said it was only worth £10, but really you could add a couple of noughts to that (= it is really worth £1,000).

Nought (Cambridge Dictionary)

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