10 June 2016

fourteen is nelutima

nelutima = fourteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "nelutima": a nearly unique term; similar nelutina seems to mean something in Latvian but I'm unable to translate it; somewhat similar Nelutu is masculine first name that can be Romanian)

Word derivation for "fourteen" :
Basque = hamalau (from ten + four)
Finnish = neljätoista (four + -teen)
Miresua = nelutima (four + -teen)

Another new word, as I continue to make words to count upward from ten.

The word fourteen doesn't appear in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I found it once in Through the Looking-glass.
"Are you a child or a teetotum?" the Sheep said, as she took up another pair of needles. "You'll make me giddy soon, if you go on turning round like that." She was now working with fourteen pairs at once, and Alice couldn't help looking at her in great astonishment.

"How CAN she knit with so many?" the puzzled child thought to herself.

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