and why isn't 1/2 pronounced, "one two-th"? or 30, pronounced, "three-tee"?
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Btw, are you the Kimberly Gray on FB, that sent me a friend request?
onety one, twoty one, threety one...ooohh fourty one would be right! :
lol, that is one funny question, thanks for the smile
Because that would be two! Onety plus Onety equals: tooty! Ah corny...
and that would be tooty, threety until it all comes back to sanity again until tenty.
Same reason 22 isn't pronounced twoty-two. To toot, what a hoot!
Lol. Early Morning, I got up and started thinking all so randomly, that's when I got this!
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?
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).
so if we ad lib we are talking left over bits
and that would also explain liberace
nice bit of real info Greek one !
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". (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?"
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"?
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!!
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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