> I am a high school math teacher with a historical question. Bill Dunham >suggested I ask you. Why in both the Romance and Germanic languages are >eleven and twelve so different from the rest of the teens, and why is >fifteen in the Romance languages different from the rest of the teens? > > If you can help, I'd really appreciate it! > Bonnie Leitch > New Braunfels High School > New Braunfels, Texas >
For these words there interesting etymological information in: Steven Schwartzman : The Words of Mathematics. An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English. The Mathematical Association of America. Printed in the USA 1994.
PS.: Mr. Schwartzman is a member of this list.
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