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[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by coolvibe on Tue 27th Oct 2009 11:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
coolvibe
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2007-08-16

I like the finnish way of counting. It's quite simple, but numbers transcribed to words get scarily long. Some examples:

[1] yksi
[8] kahdeksan
[10] kymmenen
[11] yksitoista
[18] kahdeksantoista

So allright, that looks simple enough, but wait until we get to higher numbers:

[20] kaksokymmentä (not that bad)
[21] kaksokymmentäyksi
[39] neljakymmentäyhdeksan (could be worse)
[1337] yksituhatkolmesatakolmekymmentäseitseman (uuh...)
[31337] kolmekymmentäyksituhattakolmesatakolmekymmentäseitseman (argh)

No wonder the Finns don't talk that much. ;)

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