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Other bases (was: Re: OT-ish: txt - Could it replace Standard Written English?)

From:Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>
Date:Saturday, March 8, 2003, 23:21
 --- Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...> wrote:
> On Friday, Mar 07, Seven deety-three CE at eleven > twenty-ee deeteen
> Still, as Tristan noted, the decimal place words > (-teen, hundred, > thousand) are rather incongruous. Forms like > "deeteen" (see the very > first line of this message) are very odd.
When I was about 14, I invented an English way to say base 12 numbers, with just a few modifications of the english base 10 system: Instead of eleven, eless (eleven derives from Old English endleofan, "one left over") Instead of -ty as in thirty, -twy (so thirtwy is 30 base 12, 12*3 = 36) Instead of hundred, hunda [hUnd@] for 100 base 12 (12*12 = 144) Instead of thousand, thund [thund] for 100 base 12 (12*12*12 = 1728) (I think instead of -teen as in thirteen I had -tween (so thirtween would be 13 base 12, 12+3 = 15), but I'm not sure. I may just have used twelve-three.) There were also some other simplifications and reductions in combined forms. Here are some numbers: (Numbers till ten as ing English) twentwy = 12*2 thritwy = 12*3 (more like three-twy than thirtwy is) fortwy = 12*4 ... sentwy = 12*7 (reduced) tentwy = 12*10 elssstwy = 12*11 I also invented a way to count to 12 on the fingers of one hand, which is used by the speakers of Old Starrish. I use it quite often too, since using two hands I can count to 144, and I find it a convinient anc comfortable system. Rachel ______________________________________________________________________ Post your free ad now!