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Re: CHAT sedecimal (was: Graeco-Latin hybrids)

From:tomhchappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Friday, October 21, 2005, 19:41
--- In, R A Brown <ray@C...> wrote:
> > Andreas Johansson wrote: > > Quoting R A Brown <ray@C...>: > [snip] > >>Humph - altho we have _sexaginta_ (60), _sexagesimus_ (60th) etc,
> >>use of -a- as an infix between 'sex' and another morpheme is not > >>productive in Latin. The Latin for 16 is 'sedecim'. > > > > Well, I suppose that explains why one of my programming textbooks
insisted on
> > writing 'sedecimal' instead of 'hexadecimal'. > > It does indeed :) > > I must confess I had not encountered 'sedecimal' before, but Google
> given me 526 hits. >
> *sedecimus have actually occurred? It may well be that it is only
> chance that we have no actual record of it, and have only the more > long-winded _sextus decimus_ forms. > > Personally, I find _sedecimal_ much more preferable to the ghastly > hybrid 'hexadecimal' and it is not likely to arouse all those
> urges that, apparently, 'sextidecimal' does ;)
Has anyone else besides me noticed that "semester", which etymologically meant "six months", has been folk-etymologized as "semi-"+ something? This appears to account for some companies' uses of "trimester" for a third of a year. When discussing gestation people recognize "trimester" as three months; yet when discussing the fiscal calendar these same people -- many of them parents, even mothers -- think of a trimester as being four months long. Who else has noticed this? ----- Tom H.C. in MI