r/technicallythetruth 4d ago Big Brain Time 1

Four is not the only number with the same number of letters.

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u/annie_bean 4d ago

What about phive and sicchs?

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u/FlammerIsMe Technically Flair 4d ago

And not forgetting sevennn

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u/AndrewZiller 4d ago

and aeiygcht

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u/SwissForeignPolicy 4d ago

kneighnne

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u/NadaTheMusicMan 4d ago

Theighhnnn

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u/SirSamuelVimes83 4d ago

Someone is going to use these to name their children

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u/Cubicwar Technically Flair 4d ago

IKEA’s new furniture names

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u/ZodiacWalrus 4d ago

Was gonna say, those are all just gen z white girl names.

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u/eri- 4d ago

Not nearly enough ascii code control characters for Musks taste I'm afraid.

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u/ayylotus 4d ago

FUCK haha you beat me to it

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u/Taco-twednesday 4d ago

Ahhlehvynnn

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u/Scared-Department-96 4d ago

Twwelllveehh

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u/SomeGuyWearingPants 4d ago

Theirghteengh

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u/BurkusCircus52 4d ago

Phoughrteighnne

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u/TuxRandom 4d ago

Onety and four

(I'm counting the spaces)

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u/TheKingofTerrorZ 4d ago

Thaerteeiinnh

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u/MD472 4d ago

naming my kid this

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u/modular91 4d ago

Bless you.

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u/AlecW11 4d ago

Who let the welsh in

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u/modular91 4d ago

Bless you.

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u/Dumindrin 4d ago

This is just some basic white suburban mom's new "so unique" spelling of Kayl31gh

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u/HowDyaDu 4d ago

Seventysevennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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u/danger_29rus 4d ago

Anybody count?

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u/witheriteMoth 4d ago

yep, can confirm

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u/HowDyaDu 4d ago

Good job! But how many letters are in the word Mettatonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...

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u/witheriteMoth 4d ago

phaha, 169 if you spell it like that

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u/Cotillion37 4d ago

My MIL full on argues that 'several' means specifically seven, so several.

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u/sldfghtrike 4d ago

Bro it’s spelled sehvehn

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u/BlueGinja 4d ago

Dang. I was gonna go with fiyve, but phive is way better.

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u/NoNameIdea_Seriously 4d ago

Compromise with phyve

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u/ParticularAnxious929 4d ago

maybe I, II and III?

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u/fishboy2000 4d ago

Tu, fre, four, faive, sercks, slevern

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u/CarbonCrawler 4d ago

The technically true comment is great, but bro really said "to" proudly 💀

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u/topcheesehead 4d ago

We haven't even started this in other languages yet

Ni!

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u/NoWingedHussarsToday 4d ago

Are you a knight?

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u/Eel111 4d ago

You mean the dreaded Knights Who Say Ni?! I thought they were but a tall tale!

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u/Darth_Gonk21 4d ago

They used to exist, but now they are the knights who say “icky icky icky ptang zweep boing arouza”

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u/_andromedak_ 4d ago

last i checked, they also required... a shrubbery!

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u/Moz1981 4d ago

If you had checked a little later, they would have required... A HERRING!

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u/NoticeApprehensive54 4d ago edited 4d ago

Yes well, your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries

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u/PENIZ_69 4d ago

the parrot's not dead, it's just asleep.

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u/tactiletrafficcone 3d ago

AHH! You have sound the forbidden word that the Knights of Ni must not hear!!

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u/Poewer9000 4d ago

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u/MyWibblings 4d ago

No... I always expect the Spanish Inquisition.

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u/Cmull137 4d ago

This is Reddit, Monty Python knowledge is practically a requirement!

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u/SuperKami-Nappa 4d ago

We demand a shrubbery!

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u/Kiroto50 4d ago

Cinco

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u/Real_Echo 4d ago

Bro that’s one character に or ニ

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u/EmotionalGold 4d ago

And of course ichi just has to be two characters

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u/DrRoald 4d ago

Eh, the kanji is just one :)

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u/EmotionalGold 4d ago

Oh you're right! I'm only just getting into kanji after getting hiragana and sentence structure down, so I'm not too familiar. We found the number!

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u/Farabel 4d ago

Goddamn, I need to get back into Japanese. I ended up getting wayyyyyyy too intimidated by the kanji and basically whole words as a singular symbol. I couldn't figure out how one would figure out what a kanji character would mean without knowing it beforehand, and ended up just stopping out of that. Well, that and other real world factors, but still.

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u/Roflkopt3r 4d ago

But you can read it as "Hi" as well. There is a "short counting system" that goes:

ひ、ふ、み、よ、いつ、む、なな、や

Hi, fu, mi, yo, itsu, mu, nana, ya

Here is an example. It's primary use is... exactly that one joke. When you have to count something out for someone quickly. But it will surprise Japanese speakers if a foreigner knows it.

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u/funnystuff97 4d ago

There's one scene in Azumanga Daioh where one of the characters is assigned a number, 3661, and goes, samurai. I've never quite understood this one.

3 - sa(n)
6 - mu(ttsu)
6 - ra(???)
1 - i(chi)

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u/Roflkopt3r 4d ago

Yeah some Japanese people love their number puns. The readings used for these puns go beyond what's usually listed as kun- or on-readings.

One streamer named Sakura Miko uses the nickname 35 because it's Mi-Ko.

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u/bebe_0808 4d ago

Is this where all the godforsaken counters come from

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u/idonttalkatallLMAO 4d ago

so theres ふた then, two ! (fu ta)

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u/BrickDaddyShark 4d ago

San as well

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u/Roflkopt3r 4d ago

Except in Japanese, where it's just two as さん

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u/SaffellBot 4d ago

Except in Japanese where it's just one as 三。

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u/Nimradd 4d ago

2=to in Norwegian actually. OP didn’t state language

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u/erikw 4d ago

to

tre

fire

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u/modernkennnern 4d ago

I'm Norwegian(hei o/ ), and I didn't even think about that until you said this just now

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u/Number_Jay 4d ago

True, Irish; Dó =2 Trí = 3

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u/Dissidence802 4d ago

Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say 'ni' at will to old ladies.

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u/ProtoKun7 4d ago

Vier.

(Which is also four so there's that.)

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u/stupidhuman3 4d ago

San covers 2 languages

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u/topcheesehead 4d ago

That is a number. You are correct

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u/BasedSunny 4d ago

Obviously they're Norwegian or Danish 😫

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u/Bulletorpedo 4d ago

I believe two is spelled “femsoghalvterskamelåså» in Danish, must be Norwegian.

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u/gitartruls01 4d ago

Håhå! We sure shøwed those Danes and their weird language. Now if you'd excuse me, i have to go take my opptakseksaminering for grunnskolebibliotekkunnskap at the handelsfolkehøyskolen before the dagligvarebutikken closes

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u/BasedSunny 4d ago

Rødgrød med fløde

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u/gitartruls01 4d ago

Kamelåså

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u/theKrissam 4d ago

They didn't specify a language, they're correct in Danish, and tre would be as well.

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u/TheZynec 4d ago

I think that was satire.

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u/toastycraps 4d ago

To in danish is two. The tweet nevet said it had to be english.

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u/Longjumping_Kick2977 4d ago

"to" means "so" in Hindi ( and he meant "so" by it )

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u/gfieldxd 4d ago

In that case, instead of laughing at their wrong comment we will now laugh at their attempt to react using a different language on an english comment

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u/siddharth_pillai 4d ago

How did you detect pride from two letters and a symbol 💀

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u/Caye_Jonda_W 4d ago

Srsly, 💀 is starting to become normie!

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u/xRoyalewithCheese 4d ago

Sounds like a joke but i could be wrong

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u/JohnRoads88 4d ago

To is Danish for two.

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u/UnloadTheBacon 4d ago

Forty is still the only number in English with its letters in alphabetical order.

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u/phatwithaphd 4d ago

"There's no word that contains all the vowels in order," I said facetiously.

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u/BonnieMcMurray 4d ago

It's "i" before "e" except after "c"...except when your foreign neighbor Keith obtains eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters.

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u/phatwithaphd 4d ago edited 4d ago

A good chunk of those fit into the second part of that rhyme, which is "and when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh"

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u/xathien 4d ago

And on weekends, and holidays, and all throughout May

And you'll always be wrong, no matter what you say!

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u/BonnieMcMurray 4d ago

This is the first time I've been made aware that there's a second part. And I have an English degree. LOL!

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u/Qdoit12Super 4d ago

Maybe he’ll ride on those sleighs through some glaciers.

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u/ringtossflamingohat 4d ago

And the letter p is never used until like pentillion

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u/Lumber_Wizard 4d ago

Septillion, actually. There is no pentillion--it's quintillion.

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u/UnloadTheBacon 4d ago

I see your pentillion and raise you one point five.

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u/The_Quack_Yak 4d ago

I see your one point five and raise you zero point zero.

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u/Capt_G 4d ago

My dad always says "Fipty...Fipty One...Fipty Two..."

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u/Fondue_Maurice 4d ago

It even works in plural! Fortyz

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u/BonnieMcMurray 4d ago

"First" is likewise the only ordinal number with its letters in alphabetical order.

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u/lil_pootis_bird 4d ago

I remember someone misspelling "a".

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u/Roflkopt3r 4d ago

1, 2, 3 would certainly be hard to misspell in Chinese/Japanese:

一 ニ 三

Zero on the other hand... 零

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u/kellereatsfire 4d ago

Just say 一 - 一 !

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u/EmperorSexy 4d ago

Chinese Banks will use 壹, 貳, 參 for 1,2,3

Just so you can’t, like, turn 二 into 三 with a little quick mark of a pen.

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u/cwestmarsh 4d ago

Ah yes, financial numbers, one of the many points where people learning the language start to cry.

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u/elyonmydrill 4d ago

My Chinese teacher told us they have the financial alphabet at the bank to help people write checks and other documents using the financial numbers, so even the natives don't know them by heart

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u/Joushua88 4d ago

Am native Chinese, can confirm that we don’t really learn them since the only place anyone would really use them is in banks

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u/NoobslayerNereus 4d ago

or official stuff

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u/EmperorSexy 4d ago

English: We have small and capital letters.

Chinese: We have small and capital numbers.

English: WTF….

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u/MinosAristos 4d ago

English: Our numbers from 11 to 19 have weird names, and many of our sets of ten have special names.

Chinese: You just need to know 11 numbers to count to 100, and 13 to count to 999.

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u/EmperorSexy 4d ago

English: You know ninety has nine tens because there’s a 9 in the tens place.

Chinese: You know 9-10 has nine tens because its written and pronounced 9-10

French: Hold my wine.

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u/wcrp73 4d ago

... -3, -2, -1, "one minus one; or, the concept of nothingness", 1, 2, 3, ...

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u/KittenOnHunt 4d ago

I guess that's what 〇 is for

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u/TerraGamer9384 4d ago

“uh”

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u/JacobThePathetic 4d ago

THR33 has 3 letters in it.

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

Why did you skip 0N3 and TW0 though?

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u/SH4D0W0733 4d ago

In Swedish tre (three) has 3 letters in it and fyra (four) has 4 letters in it.

Superior language.

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u/ShakethatYam 4d ago

I wonder how long a language could keep this up before the speakers thought it was too ridiculous.

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u/NES_SNES_N64 4d ago

Might be able to get Germans to play ball.

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u/Rupertii 4d ago

In finnish viisi (five) has 5 letters

Also in swedish six is written and pronounced sex which is very funny. Please laugh

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u/nosoup4NU 4d ago

e0 has 1 letter in it

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u/PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz Technically an approved Pornhub model. 4d ago edited 4d ago

To is two in Børk Børk.

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u/AsbestosIsBest 4d ago

One is the loneliest number though.

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

i can be his imaginary friend.

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u/AsbestosIsBest 4d ago

"i" approve.

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u/Techiedad91 4d ago

Two can be as bad as one

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u/Sophia724 4d ago

0 has zero letters in it

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u/UnloadTheBacon 4d ago

I mean, yes, but.... Never mind.

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u/UltraLowDef 4d ago

Now THIS is technically the truth.

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u/2TitInPMSWorth10OnOF 4d ago

"absolute negative twenty-seven" has twenty-seven letters! Does that count?

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u/SnooChocolates4183 4d ago

I would say nah because no one says absolute ____ they say absolute value of _______

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u/2TitInPMSWorth10OnOF 4d ago

"absolute value of negative thirty-two" then? Sorry English is not my first language.

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u/Scared-Department-96 4d ago

actually some ppl do say "absolute" only

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u/hiram_macwolver 4d ago

I'd say "absolute" is a function, which isn't quite the same thing as a number even though it gives you a number.

Otherwise "five plus six" would also count.

And l kind of think it shouldn't, but if the reddit hivemind says it should then at least I came up with a clever answer, lol.

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u/TheSultan1 4d ago

No. But positive fifteen does. And positive seventeen.

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u/UnloadTheBacon 4d ago

I'll allow it.

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u/absurdwatermelon_1 4d ago

You gotta specify integer so this can't happen

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u/JustLinus 4d ago

16.0000000000013

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

Hello JS, How you doin bro 👋

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u/Appanna 4d ago

16.0 is an integer though?

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u/farondis 4d ago

but but it's a float!!

technically is an Int, but we can treat it as a float point number because the .0

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u/Appanna 4d ago

technically

You realise where you are right?

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u/farondis 4d ago

yeah, but that writing is technically a float too! we love type incongruence

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u/Academic_Ad_6436 4d ago

the value is an integer, though typical coding standards would indicate a float in terms of how the data is stored, but it still is an integer value. So though there's reason to consider it a float, it still fits the catagory of integer.

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u/_Fuck_This_Guy_ 4d ago

No, your dumbass electrified rock sees it as a float. Our amazing electrified lumps of meat can clearly see it's an integer.

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u/UnfortunatelyEvil 4d ago

Gotta specify we are using the programming language definition of integer to make it not work.

Using the mathematical language definition of integer means it does work.

Unfortunately, English doesn't have its own consistent definition of integer and just defers to one of the two previous languages.

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u/absurdwatermelon_1 4d ago

Ah well I guess that's where the problem is because I'm not a programmer.

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u/_AnonymousMoose_ 4d ago

The word integer has an integer number of letters

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

"number" has number of letters in it. Damn. :mind-blown:

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u/GhostonEU 4d ago

to is two in norwegian so they're technically right lol

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u/kongk 4d ago

Tre og fire følgjer regelen òg. Silly Americans.

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u/danish_raven 4d ago

Samme gælder dansk

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u/ryosen 4d ago

That comment really got to the point.

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

floating point

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u/jaldarith 4d ago

My favorite is TWENTYFOURCHARACTERSLONG has 24 characters in it.

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u/RasTho 4d ago

You can make a Graph based on the amount of letters of certain numbers which has 4 as the root

Matt Parker made a video about it.

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u/k-phi 4d ago

три

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u/Fickle-Insurance-685 4d ago

одиннадцать

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u/BonnieMcMurray 4d ago

And now, the traditional argument about whether 'ь' really counts as a letter...

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u/FlammerIsMe Technically Flair 4d ago

The only правильный ответ

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u/GrandSensitive 4d ago

Two cubed

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u/4BDUL4Z1Z 4d ago

Creative. Nice 👍

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u/opacitizen 4d ago

I

II

III

…hello from Ancient Rome, right?

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u/Fondue_Maurice 4d ago

Whenever I see a post like this I check the user name. I secretly hope it's the same dude trying to keep up the high of his best joke.

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u/FlammerIsMe Technically Flair 4d ago

I also saw “negative fifteen”

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u/janhetjoch 4d ago

I don't even need to count to see that's wrong.

Better would be "positive seventeen"

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u/GraviZero 4d ago

or positive fifteen

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u/HowDyaDu 4d ago

Ni, San

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u/Log_in_sucks 4d ago

Four, cinco. We are trying, bit by bit.

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u/CantaloupeAfter6990 4d ago

A is technically 1 lol

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u/unfairtoeveryone 4d ago

Not true..fives...siiiix..seveeen

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u/DopeAbsurdity 4d ago

They need to give this property an overly complex sounding name. Something like: if a number and the letters of it's name in a given language are equal then that number is alphanumaphonic with respect to that language.

Example:

In English four is alphanumaphonic.

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u/Butthole_Alamo 4d ago

And four is the cosmic number.

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u/Dr_Fumi 4d ago

I'm amazed i had to scroll so far for this comment. Four has always been cosmic

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