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


@aparrish I couldn't see why the left was there. It means remaining but why is it automatically remaining 10?

I mean it could be that remaining/left is, say, 5. So eleven would mean 6. Of course it's not, is it just a remnant of the base 10 counting?

Allison Parrish

@smallsees yes, it's because the counting system is base 10.

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