@dlek Languages have all kinds of different complicated number systems, and for some reason they are many times a real pain to learn.
But no other language has so far baffled me as much as Flemish sign language that used to have distinct, unrelated an completely irregular signs for numbers from 1 to 100.
@Stoori Bookmarked to check that out for after my workday--thanks :)
@dlek German is pretty similar in that regard as well
@wolf480pl 👍 Yes, I have just enough knowledge of German to have thought of this as well. It has occurred to me to create a new one about the length of compound words--English: "Compound word!" French: "Portemanteau!" German shows up: "Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz!"
I can't understand the second panel @ _ @
@lucifargundam In French to say “ninety-nine” you say (in most French dialects, anyway) “quatre-vingt dix-neuf” which translates to “eighty nineteen” via “four twenties and ten and nine”.
As a native English speaker, that is really bazzar.
NINE AND HALF FIVES
@dlek English allows the latter form too, and it was the accepted way to talk not that long ago.
@LovesTha Do you mean like “four score and seven years ago”? Or something else?
@dlek Yeah, and the classic biblical quote about 'three score and ten' is a good life
@dlek German joined the arabic team
@dlek nonante neuf ?
@popolon @ffeth @dlek So I found this on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_mathematics#Numerals_and_the_decimal_number_system):
> So, Veda/teeth/moon would correspond to the decimal numeral 1324, as the convention for numbers was to enumerate their digits from right to left.
@popolon @tfb @ffeth @dlek yeah, once you see it as a math formula isn't too bad, but the words used are really unfamiliar (even for Danes I believe?). So "and-half"... but and half what? The word doesn't say. Check this video at 01:56 (It's about 58, which is probably worse than 99, in Danish)
@ffeth My understanding yesterday was that this is less common and certainly not how I learned it (Canada). Today I have a number of replies to read through that might be educational! :)
actually its four (times) twenty (plus) nineteen ;)
@dlek The book 'The universal history of numbers' by Georges Ifrah does a lot of comparisons between languages and their representations of numbers; I don't remember this one being mentioned, but I do remember it saying French has a lot of remnants of base 5/20 counting.
@dlek brandishing an oakwood baseball bat
@dlek Danish be like "nine and half five's nine"
@dlek If I knew photoshop I'd add another picture to this with some other meme character chasing them all off. It'd be labelled Danish and would say: NINE AND HALF FIVES.
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