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Duodecimal

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:05 pm
by William Hupy
I uncovered this word while researching why it is that Germanic languages use singular words to 12 and thereafter add the teen for ten. I am not entirely convinced by the range of ideas, such as Proto german started as a base 12 system due to having three joints in each of the four fingers or that this is why there are 12 inches in a foot, 12 in a dozen, 12 months in a year. I suppose you could also include the clock. At any rate a base 12 system is a duodecimal system, that is, two plus ten, I guess. From the Latin for 12.