although maybe I prefer my previous unenlightened assumption that "eleven" was just this mysterious monomorphemic numeral with no explicable etymology
@t54r4n1 @aparrish isn't that cool? Some Finno-Ugric languages are hypothesized to have the same thing (but with subtraction) for "eight" and "nine" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_numerals#Sets
@t54r4n1 @aparrish as opposed to our "eight", which back in PIE was the regular dual of a word meaning "four fingers" https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Reconstruction:Proto-Indo-European/o%E1%B8%B1t%E1%B9%93w
@aparrish Wiktionary is wrong, "eleven" obviously comes from the demonym for elves: elven.
This proves that:
1) Elves exist(ed)
2) There are/were eleven races of elves
4) They probably spoke Old or Middle English
5) Which means that they knew humans and probably fell in love with some of them, because we are beautiful
6) They had children -> half-elves
7) Everybody with British ancestry is actually half-elf.
8) If elves exist(ed), so do dragons.
That's how etymology is done!!