Trilogy, Tetralogy...Date: 05/28/2003 at 02:41:14 From: David Subject: Cardinal/ordinal number systems If there are ordinal number systems like 1st, 2nd, 3rd, why isn't there a numbering system for groups like trilogies? I've heard of quintologies and hexologies but these words don't appear in the dictionary, (and I've checked many). If a trilogy is possible, why not a quadrilogy? In the dictionary a trilogy is defined as a series or group of three. But I can't find any terms for a group of four, five, six, seven, etc. Are there terms for number groups other than three? Thanks for your time. Date: 06/04/2003 at 16:10:22 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Cardinal/ordinal number systems Hi, David. There are several different sets of terms for groups of three, depending on what you are counting: "trilogy" for books, "trio" for musicians or other people, "triplet" for children or generic groups, "triple" for numbers, "triad" for musical notes and so on. Each of these types of words can be found for other numbers: 3 trio triplet triple triad 4 quartet quadruplet quadruple tetrad 5 quintet quintuplet quintuple pentad ... As for four books, considering the fact that trilogy comes from Greek roots, the proper word would be not "quadrilogy" but "tetralogy"; and in fact my dictionary lists that. It does not, however, list "pentalogy" for five books. The following gives one of these possible lists: Naming Nine Things http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/62004.html This lists the Latin and Greek prefixes used to make such words: Prefixes in Math http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/57196.html - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Date: 06/05/2003 at 12:36:46 From: David Subject: Thank you (Cardinal/ordinal number systems) That's perfect. Thank you for this service. It's been very helpful. |
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