Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety one?

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  1. Don Ship profile image75
    Don Shipposted 7 years ago

    LOL! tongue

    1. Lisa HW profile image67
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      and why isn't 1/2 pronounced, "one two-th"?    or 30, pronounced, "three-tee"?   smile

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol

      Loving It!

      Good Morning, thanks for the smile

      Have a good one!

      1. Don Ship profile image75
        Don Shipposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good Morning back atcha!
        Btw, are you the Kimberly Gray on FB, that sent me a friend request? big_smile

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          kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          yes big_smile

          expecting approval of course big_smile

          1. Don Ship profile image75
            Don Shipposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Lol. I wasn't sure it was you. tongue

    3. qwark profile image57
      qwarkposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      onety one, twoty one, threety one...ooohh fourty one would be right! smile:

    4. oceansnsunsets profile image88
      oceansnsunsetsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol, that is one funny question, thanks for the smile smile

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago

    still  lol  lol  lol  lol

  3. Right On Time profile image61
    Right On Timeposted 7 years ago

    Because that would be two! Onety plus Onety equals: tooty! Ah corny... tongue

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    china manposted 7 years ago

    and that would be tooty, threety until it all comes back to sanity again until tenty.

    1. Right On Time profile image61
      Right On Timeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol smile

    2. Lisa HW profile image67
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder if that would make 1000, "tenty-and"?    hmm




      (This thread shows a lot of promise for longetivity and in-depth pondering, I think.....   hmm )

  5. Karanda profile image76
    Karandaposted 7 years ago

    Same reason 22 isn't pronounced twoty-two. To toot, what a hoot! lol lol lol

  6. Don Ship profile image75
    Don Shipposted 7 years ago

    Lol. Early Morning, I got up and started thinking all so randomly, that's when I got this! tongue

  7. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 7 years ago

    For that matter...why are most words that start with 'wh' actually pronounced 'hw' such as hwat, hwere and hwen?  Hwat's up with that? lol

  8. Greek One profile image73
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    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).

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      so if we ad lib we are talking left over bits big_smile

      and that would also explain liberace

      nice bit of real info Greek one !

    2. Lisa HW profile image67
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm.   Interesting.    I think from now on I'm going to say "endleofan" instead of "eleven".  Maybe I can start a trend toward a more interesting way to express "eleven".    smile  (If anyone asks me why I say it that way I'll just say, "I don't know.   Isn't that the way everyone says it?"     smile

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    Home Girlposted 7 years ago

    Then may be somebody will explain to me why everybody around me in Canada says "twonty" instead of "twenty"?  No, sorry, actually not "twonty", more like "twony"?

    1. Lisa HW profile image67
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I can't explain that, but one that's even more disturbing (and fortunately, for my sanity,  not too many people say this) is, "Fi dollars" (instead of "five dollars").  If anyone reading here says, "Fi dollars" - STOP!!  Also, if anyone says "twony" - really!  STOP!!    lol

    2. timorous profile image82
      timorousposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Haha!  Twony, or twunny...it's just lazy pronunciation.

      Not to be confused with twonie, the Canadian two-dollar coin.  It rhymes with loonie...the Canadian one-dollar coin, which depicts a loon (bird) on a lake.

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        Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well, actually, I think it is toonie, not twonie, and that I understand, just different name for a coin, but "twony' instead "twenty" makes me question my sanity. big_smile

 
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