Mommy I'm twelveteen now!
September 5, 2009 11:43 AM Subscribe
Why are the teen numbers (13-19) named differently than the rest of the numbers, and what's up with eleven and twelve?
posted by Arbac to writing & language (33 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I heard a little kid trying to count today and they went ten, eleventeen, twelveteen etc and it got me wondering. Why are the numbers 11-19 named differently than the other numbers?
20-29 is all twenty + one through 9. 30-39 is the same all the way up to 100. So why is it eleven and not tenone?
Wikipedia says that 11 and 12 are derived from german words meaning ten and one left and two left respectively. Ok .. I guess I can understand that, so then what's going on with the teens?