|Re: after decillion|
Message #9 Posted by bill platt on 9 Dec 2005, 12:35 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Thomas Okken
Of course French must be the weirdest language for counting -- who the heck came up with the idea of pronouncing 95 as "four twenties fifteen"?
That's why the Belgians and the Acadians simplified it: septante, huitante, neuvante etc --I can't remember exactly the constructions--mine are a little off but this is the basic idea in both cases :-)
Dozen and douze and onze and eleven and twelve are interesting.
Onze is clearly using the root for the word "un"
Douze is clearly using the root for "deux" as is trez, quatourze etc and so in this sense in french it is a consitent system...Jus that the "teens" don't start until seventeen (dix-sept).
(please forgive my spelling--it has been awhile...)
Compared to deutche is interesting, where
are followed by dreizien (sp?) fierzien etc. and so is just like english in this respect. where the "zien" is "teen".
All three languages bifurcate the nomenclature of numbers in the set 11-19 into two sets linguistically--why they broke at different places is a good question.
Edited: 9 Dec 2005, 12:37 p.m.