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Post Reply Rhetorical Question: Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?
Posted 7/1/15

haikinka wrote:

Oh come on, you can't have rhetorical questions of any kind as a forum topic. What are we meant to talk about now.


I know, right? It's like they don't know what rhetorical means..
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Posted 7/1/15
I guess it's because the spoken language where numbers were named predates the adoption of a base 10 number system. A simple base 2 (binary) number system only has "1" and "0" and the digits from right to left represent powers of 2...

In binary "11" translates to "3" in decimal.
in decimal "11" translates to "1011" in binary.

Anyway before the common use of the decimal system for writing numbers it's plausible that the number system would go up to a value of "11" before needing to append a digit to the left for larger numbers.

There are a couple cases of a "dozenal" or base 12 system still present today: The face of an analogue clock, and 12 inches in a foot... It is a little strange that we use decimal numbers for the values though.
Posted 7/1/15 , edited 7/1/15
idk, why isn't 2 called double 1... why is the sky not pink.... why don't we have wings


if we keep asking these questions, we'll keep going in circles... and achieving nothing
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Posted 7/1/15
i cant answer cuz its rhetorical
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Posted 7/1/15
That sounds like stupid
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Alright, I seem to have misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about elves for whatever reason, rather than a cognate in those languages... Sorry about that.

I have a bit of knowledge of proto-germanic and some indo-european stuff, but not a working knowledge of modern German and Dutch. So, sorry again...
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Alright, I seem to have misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about elves for whatever reason, rather than a cognate in those languages... Sorry about that.

I have a bit of knowledge of proto-germanic and some indo-european stuff, but not a working knowledge of modern German and Dutch. So, sorry again...

Don't apologize, I have no training or knowledge whatsoever. It would have been easy for me to get something wrong. Please do correct me when I'm wrong, or challenge something I say when it doesn't make sense. it's good for everybody.
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Posted 7/1/15

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idk, why isn't 2 called double 1... why is the sky not pink.... why don't we have wings


if we keep asking these questions, we'll keep going in circles... and achieving nothing


The last two question have actual answers

The first one just depended on whoever created the numeric system
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Posted 7/1/15
Just because.
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Posted 7/1/15

Jan- wrote:


GrateSaiyaman wrote:

I thought it should be oneteen and twoteen.....


but Eleven and Twelve sound much better.Owo


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