One Gets Screwed Over!

By Kiti Bolea

 

Here’s a random thought: Why isn’t the number 10 pronounced onety? You know, like twenty, thirty etc. Why is it pronounced ten? And why is 11 pronounced eleven and not onety one, like forty one?

Somebody screwed one over, thats why! If I were part of the one family, I’d be blowing the roof with this and forcing my way into dictionaries. If LOL (Laugh Out Loud), BFF (Best Friends Forever), IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) and WAG (Wives And Girlfriends) can make it into the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, then I think onety stands a moderate chance of making it in!

Seriously, where did eleven/twelve/thirteen etc come from? Was one so powerful that the early English founders refused to give it it’s own branch of numerical pronunciations? Bloody murder I say! Give one the recognition it deserves. Onety one, onety two, onety three….

Here’s to starting a pronunciation revolution, since its the in thing at the moment…who’s with me? Nine others and we’d be onety in a few billion!

 

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