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Topic: why is 11 not oneteen?
Replies: 31   Last Post: Jul 27, 2006 5:25 AM

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 LarryLard Posts: 507 Registered: 12/8/04
Re: why is 11 not oneteen?
Posted: Jul 14, 2006 7:09 AM

Rajnish Kumar wrote:
> WHY IS ELEVEN NOT ONETEEN AND TWELVE NOT TWOTEEN?

>From dictionary.com:
>>
Word History: The decimal system of counting is well established in the
English names for numbers. Both the suffix -teen (as in fourteen) and
the suffix -ty (as in forty) are related to the word ten. But what
about the anomalous eleven and twelve? Why do we not say oneteen,
twoteen along the same pattern as thirteen, fourteen, fifteen? Eleven
in Old English is endleofan, and related forms in the various Germanic
languages point back to an original Germanic *ainlif, "eleven."
*Ainlif is composed of *ain-, "one," the same as our one, and the
suffix *-lif from the Germanic root *lib-, "to adhere, remain, remain
left over." Thus, eleven is literally "one-left" (over, that is,
past ten), and twelve is "two-left" (over past ten).
>>

Now you might well ask, why then is 13 not 'trileven', 14 not
'fourleven' etc. But some historical questions cannot be given a useful

--
Larry Lard

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