[seqfan] Re: A "dumb" "word" sequence inspired by a few recent discussions.
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Wed Nov 18 01:39:48 CET 2009
In Spanish Letters "f","g","j","k","ñ" and "w" are never used.
With P : septillón, X : sextillón
2009/11/17 Alonso Del Arte <alonso.delarte at gmail.com>
> 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
> 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
> > 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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