Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by merkoth on Tue 27th Oct 2009 03:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
merkoth
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2006-09-22

French is awesome. It probably has the weirdest way to say eighty and ninety I've ever seen:

[70]
English: Seventy.
Spanish: Setenta.
French: Soixante-dix (sixty [and] ten)

[80]
English: Eighty.
Spanish: Ochenta.
French: Cuatre-vingt ("four [times] twenty")

[99]
English: Ninety-nine.
Spanish: Noventainueve. ("ninety [and] nine")
French: Cuatre-vingt dix-neuf ("four [times] twenty [and] nineteen")

I only took a few classes, but this really looked weird to me ;)

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