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From: Terje Mathisen <>
Newsgroups: comp.arch.arithmetic,comp.arch,alt.folklore.computers
Subject: Re: Academic priorities
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 20:01:14 +0200
Message-ID: <d6an53$fbj$>

Gene Wirchenko wrote:

> Terje Mathisen <> wrote:
>>Stan Barr wrote:
>>>20 of something has it's own name, a "score", which should be familiar
>>>to all Americans.  And the French still say "four twenties and twelve"
>>>fot ninety-two!
>>They have absolutely nothing on the danes, who actually say something
>>like 'seks og halv tress' (lit: six and half three_times_twenty), and in
>>reality mean fiftysix :-)
>      Not 36?  Please explain.


Tress means sixty, i.e. 3x20
Fjers means eighty: 4x20

Halv-tress is 'halfway to the third twenty', i.e. 2.5 x 20 = 50
Halv-fjers is then 'halgway between tress and fjers, or 3.5 x 20 = 70

Totally, mindbendingly, mixed up? Yes indeed.


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