Where I work, we commonly write out the text for numbers (specifically, numbers less than 10) followed by the numeral in parentheses.

For example,

Quarterly increase of four (4) thousand customers.

Is there a name for this type of syntax? Follow-up question: any input on whether the following is correct?

This is a nine (9) -week program for interns.

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    My name for it is "silly". It looks like an attempt to be lawyerly when it's almost always just redundant. In my gym there's a sign posted that "guests are limited to two (2) towels per visit". Oh, I was going to take three (3) but that clarifies it. – Jim Mack Mar 17 '15 at 17:53
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    It's a reformulatory appositive parenthetical. But they're supposed to be used to clarify. I hate to think what Jim Mack will say next. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 17 '15 at 17:58
  • @JimMack It's so we can skim a document and easily find the important numerical information for quick reference. – tkendrick20 Mar 17 '15 at 18:01
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    Your first example should be "4000" or "4 000," since it is a number significantly higher than 10. – wys1wyg Mar 17 '15 at 18:21

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