06 June 2016

thirteen is kiretima

kiretima = thirteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "kiretima": a nearly unique term; somewhat similar keratin is a fibrous protein in skin, hair and nails; somewhat similar crictime is a cricket match streaming website; somewhat similar kiremit means tile in Turkish)

Word derivation for "thirteen" :
Basque = hamahiru (from ten + three)
Finnish = kolmetoista (three + -teen)
Miresua = kiretima (three + -teen)

This is a new word. Upon consideration, I've decided to modify my Miresua conlang suffix for -teen from -taima to -tima. That means my words for eleven and twelve, which I previously posted, are no longer entirely correct, and will need to be revisited later.

The word thirteen appears once in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is -- oh dear!"

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