# Isn't base 27 more adapted to express numbers with letters?

I thought about the importance of 0 in numeral systems, and base 26 doesn't have one, for example those numbers in base 10 are the same:

0342
342
000342


In base26, any word would need to be expressed as follow, for example the word

duck


would be equal to

aaaaaaduck


because a is considered to be zero.

Am I right ?

I know the question is not really interesting when thinking about maths, but I just wanted to know where I could be wrong with this.

Also the use of 0 allows to make actual sentences if you use it as a separator.

EDIT: of course when I ask about base 26, it implies letters.

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Hmm, my "base-26" digits go like 0123456789abcdefghijklmnop... –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Sep 30 '11 at 14:15