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1. (Original post by xXxBaby-BooxXx)
I was about to comment to say you'd missed out four-ty one. Then I realised it actually fits the "rule" Tbf, sixty, seventy, eighty and ninety all fit.....
I was going to include fourty but as it's pronounced the same as forty, I decided not to.
2. Say "onety-one" out loud. Then say it a few times. Notice how much of retard you sound. This is why we don't say "onety-one".
3. Why isn't it just 'oneteen'?
4. Numbers between 0 and 20 are the most commonly used, so it's normal that they are irregular compared with the rest much like the verb "be" is so irregular.
5. (Original post by Liam 09)
oops fail post
Lol really? It was the only thing that made me laugh today haha!
6. Because language has gradually evolved over thousands of years of human history, rather than being designed up front by a mathematician. And because it derives etymologically from an ancient Germanic word meaning "one left", as in one left after counting to 10. And we use a base 10 system for counting because we have 10 fingers, so we automatically think of numbers in relation to how close they are to a round 10.

Wait, was I supposed to try and be funny?
7. (Original post by mc1000)
Why isn't it just 'oneteen'?
That sounds better but I like it the other way onety-one haha!

Lol OP what even made you think of this, so random, but funny ( : x
8. 20 = twenty
21= twenty one = 20 1

10 = ten
11 = onety-one?!??!?!

it should be ten one using your logic for the other numbers.
9. I think a better question is why are 11, 12, 13 and 15 not said as oneteen, twoteen, threeteen, and fiveteen? We need consistency! It's madness I tell you, madness!
10. This thread is like in primary school, when some kid comes up with an idea/remark, everyone just dives in.... and I dunno, like toilet-roll, after a crazy session of toilet-rolling, you'd find empty rolls, ripped tissues, streamer-like tissues hanging off the ceiling, I don't really know what I'm saying here, sorry.

Back to the question at hand,

I have Microsoft Encarta on my laptop, which has a really wicked dictionary. Anyway, typing in eleven gives me definitions, but derivations and the etymology of words -

Eleven comes from the German language, endleofan, which means 'one-over (ten)'.

Let me save you from asking about twelve, thirteen, and all others until there's no mystery left.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...earchmode=none

Onety-one sounds really doofus-y. And 'fresh', if you know what 'fresh' I'm on about
11. (Original post by oh-sugarrr)
Lol really? It was the only thing that made me laugh today haha!
Aah did you see it then? serious blonde moment
12. (Original post by Liam 09)
Aah did you see it then? serious blonde moment
nah mate haha not a sadoo just been pissed off so it kinda seemed funny
13. Equally you could ask why it isn't oneteen, twoteen, threeteen fourteen etc etc

EDIT:
(Original post by hobo06)
I think a better question is why are 11, 12, 13 and 15 not said as oneteen, twoteen, threeteen, and fiveteen? We need consistency! It's madness I tell you, madness!
You beat me to it
14. On a similar note, why is the literal translation of 99 from French "four-twenty-nineteen"?
15. You have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy too much time on your hands.
16. (Original post by Abused Tampon)
Why isn't 11 pronounced "onety-one"?
other numbers such as twenty-one and thirty-one and forty-one etc... are normal
why does the number 11 have to different?
cos ur a fail
17. Because then you'd have to go "One, two, three...nine, onety" which just sounds silly, and then we'd be on a nonesimal system, which makes no sense when we have ten fingers. Go complain to those who use vigesimal systems, like the French, about their word for 80 being "Four-Twenties", or the Welsh for their number 36 being "One on Fifteen on Twenty."
18. not exactly an answer to the question, but just thought id say it haha

i have a weird relationship with the number eleven... here goes
- my first name starts with 'k' - 11th letter
- my middle name starts with 'v' - 11 letters after 'k'
- i was born on the 11th
- ... of the 11th month (november haa)
- ... in 1992 (9+2 of '92' = 11 ahaha)
- my name is 11 letters long (ok without the middle name, but still)

i cant think of anymore things right now... but yeah... hahaa

afterthought - onety one would be kinda cool but i think twoty two is just awesome haha
19. Haha..This post made me lol. Thanks for that OP i needed cheering up!
20. (Original post by James Gregory)
Wait, was I supposed to try and be funny?
Yes. Your knowledge and insight are frankly unwelcome here.

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