
Friday, November 30, 2012 
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The force is still strong with this one  I stumbled upon it recently:

I think it's supposed to be "Fête des cuisinières", n'estce pas?

Other than the wasp's nest, the ghosts in the attic and the neighbour's tuba, it's all perfect.

Of it they never spoke again. Yet they could hear their loudest secret in utter silence.

Spin doctor needed. I move my feet in circles, getting nowhere fast.

Deserts are not to be mistaken for desserts, or, as the British like to say, "afters".

Hi, all!
If you wanted to estimate the number of items in a group, after taking a glance at them:
* When there are about 1012 items, would you say 10 or a dozen? (or even 12?) What number comes first to your mind, 10 or 12? * When there are 56 items, would you rather say 5 or half a dozen? (or 6?) * When you want to overstate a number – would you say 10 or a dozen? ("You've already eaten 10 / a dozen cookies" when that person only had 3 or 4)
Seems to me like 10 or 5 would be much simpler – only 1 syllable and more straightforward!
I understand the duodecimal system, its origins and its advantages (more factors). I know that some people would like the entire world to switch to the dozenal system because it's more natural, it makes more sense and it's easier to use. I wonder if it's not already too late for this. Some teach their kids how to say the time of day, the date, the year and other things in the dozenal system. (And by the way, apparently "2016 is the beginning of a new century  if you count in twelves. If you do that then the year 2016 becomes the year 1200".) I find all this fascinating. But I wanna understand why it is used so naturally by many in a world where the decimal system currently prevails.
Is it used mostly for tangible objects? Haven't really heard: a dozen years, months… or a dozen inches. Definitely not for money (decimal currency).
What about with "times"? I've told you a dozen times? 10/12 times?
For large quantities – would you say "dozens of" or "tens of"? Dozens would come more naturally to native speakers, I think. Isn't that harder to multiply? I mean, if you say tens – you have 20 or 30 or 40 or x0. With dozens, it means you have 24 or 36 or 48 or… I realize it doesn’t have to be this precise (even with tens you could be talking about 35, let's say). And I know that "dozen" or "dozens of something" can informally mean "a lot of something".
Someone said here: "In English, one would normally say "dozens of" rather than "tens of", so there is some overlap. I might use "dozens of" for an amount between 36 (a dozen, two dozen, dozens...) and 132 (a dozen less than a gross), "scores of" for a number between 40 and 199, and "hundreds of" for values greater than that. I don't think I've ever thought about the reasoning behind this; it would really depend on which number sounded better in the areas which overlap."
To those of you who use "dozen", is it because that's the way you were taught or the way you've always heard it?
Is this mostly an American thing or far from it?
Does it have anything to do with the fact that many things are sold by the dozen (and they're cheaper that way )? (eggs, doughnuts…)
Or do you simply feel it sounds better?
Doesn't it clash in your brain with the fact that virtually everything else is in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands…?
Of course, you don't have to answer all of these questions! About 10 or 12 of them will do :P
Thanks!
extra fun stuff:
A baker's half dozen is 7 and half a baker's dozen is 6.5.
"A dozen, a gross, and a score, plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more." Jon Saxton (math textbook author)
The dozenal clock (I really, really like it):
this is also cool: “Little Twelve Toes” from Schoolhouse Rock
and a seasonal one: Straight No Chaser  The 12 Days of Christmas


Birthday, thank god you're gone! my phone has stopped ringing. three hundred and sixtyfour days of peace.

"And that might do harm."  the unhypocritical Hippocratic oath.

