John McWhorter on the etymology and pronunciation of English numbers.

What’s the Deal With Eleven?

What’s the Deal With Eleven?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Jan. 23 2018 1:32 PM

What’s the Deal With Eleven?

On the etymology and pronunciation of English numbers.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 127:

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Where does eleven come from? And how about five? John McWhorter digs into the etymology and pronunciation of English numbers.

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