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Letter A and numbers

There's a picture going around Tumblr saying "Random fact #427: If you spell out all the numbers individually, you'll have to get to a thousand before you find a letter A."

This is true enough in English, but as everyone reblogging it points out, it is not true of all languages. Some have an A by the second number.

I've got them all beat. In my constructed language Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog, the first five of ten numbers (they use a base 6 system) all have an A in them:

Ahl, tahl, zahl, kahl, mahl, ors, ahl'ors, tahl'ors, zahl'ors, kahl'ors...
(One, two, three, four, five, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen...)

Though if you use the characters designed for the language, you'll never find the Latin letter A no matter how far you go.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1094630.html
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kengr
Jun. 30th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I got curious and wound up with this "chart of the letters not used until a certain point in the number names:

0 ABCD-FGHIJKLMN-PQ-STUVWXY- ZERO
1 ABCD-FGHIJKLM--PQ-STUVWXY- oNe
2 ABCD-FGHIJKLM--PQ-S-UV-XY- TWo
3 ABCD-FG-IJKLM--PQ-S-UV-XY- tHree
4 ABCD--G-IJKLM--PQ-S--V-XY- FoUr
5 ABCD--G--JKLM--PQ-S----XY- fIVe
6 ABCD--G--JKLM--PQ-------Y- SiX
8 ABCD-----JKLM--PQ-------Y- eiGht
11 ABCD-----JK-M--PQ-------Y- eLeven
20 ABCD-----JK-M--PQ--------- twentY
100 ABC------JK-M--PQ--------- one hunDred
1000 -BC------JK-M--PQ--------- one thousAnd
million -BC------JK----PQ--------- one Million
billion --C------JK----PQ--------- one Billion
quadrillion --C------JK----P---------- one Quadrillion
septillion --C------JK--------------- one sePtillion
decillion ---------JK--------------- one deCillion
fayanora
Jul. 1st, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Cool!
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