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Re: [Fwd: dozenal and hexadecimal digits]

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, May 12, 2000, 22:12
Raymond Brown scripsit:

> Ach! vingt means "twenty", not "thirty two" & trente is "thirty" not > "forty eight" etc.
In H.G. Wells's novel _The Sleeper Awakes_ the late 21st century has switched to the duodecimal system. No mention is made AFAIK of the digit shapes for ten and eleven, but we have some words: dozen = 12, twaindy = 2*12, sixdoz = 6*12, sevendy = 7*12 gross = 12*12, dozand = 12*12*12, myriad = 12*12*12*12 We also have the phrase "oi Man huwdbi Kin", glossed as "a man who would be king". -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin