[seqfan] Re: A "dumb" "word" sequence inspired by a few recent discussions.

Alonso Del Arte alonso.delarte at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 01:32:36 CET 2009

It seems to me that Spanish excludes more letters. I can't think of any
numbers with F, G, J, K, Ñ, P, W or X. But maybe we could make up some large
numbers to take care of some of them, like maybe a ñazillon, which would be
like a kazillion.


On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM, Andrew Weimholt
<andrew.weimholt at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 11/17/09, Michael Porter <ic_designer at verizon.net> wrote:
> >
> >  To get the "dumb" keyword, it has to be really, really dumb, and I think
> this one is just a little too interesting.
> >
> >  It's curious that three letters are not contained in the American
> English name for any integer.  Is that true of other languages?
> >
> Actually, only 2 letters ( j & k ) are excluded. The letter 'z'
> appears in "zero" but in no other number, thus 23 is the maximum
> number of distinct letters in an American English name for a number.
> I would be extremely surprised if English is the only language in
> which not all letters can be used.
> Andrew
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