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Alexander Howard
1394844.  Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:52 am Reply with quote

Yes, twelvety is a word, or was. Bilbo Baggins celebrated his eleventy-first birthday, as Tolkein was well aware of it as a word in Old English: eleventy and twelvety are ways to express 110 and 120. I think they are quite elegant.

You commonly find also 'hundtwelftig', which isn't two hundred and twenty, but the prefix "hund" starts appearing, so you get 'hundseofentig' for seventy, hundeahtig for eighty etc, and hundteontig for tenty - sorry - a hundred, which is also 'hundred'.

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Brock
1394855.  Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:25 pm Reply with quote

Alexander Howard wrote:
Yes, twelvety is a word, or was.


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