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mind blown as I realized/discovered today that "eleven" derives from "one left" and "twelve" derives from "two left" en.wiktionary.org/wiki/eleven en.wiktionary.org/wiki/twelve

although maybe I prefer my previous unenlightened assumption that "eleven" was just this mysterious monomorphemic numeral with no explicable etymology

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I had been hoping that eleven derived from elven and twelve derived from elves but here we are

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@enkiv2 proposing "headymology" as the etymological equivalent of headcanon

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Awesome. Like a personal folksonomy that always has my backronym