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NUMBER NAMES IN WORDS AND PHRASES

REXGOOCH Letchworth, Herts, England

Single Number Names in Words or Phrases
- Ross Eckler's Making the Alphabet Dance (St. Martin's, 1996) lists 20 words on page 236, each
containing one of the number names from 1 to 20, using the Pocket Merriam-Webster as source. As an example, COUNTERFEIT contains FOURTEEN. The following page similarly lists 26 of the number names for 30 to 99 included in words from Webster's Second, many found by Jeremy Morse. Note the gap from 20 to 29; all these words need a W . In the November 2000 Kickshaws Morse filled three gaps: WEST-NORTHWESTERLY (22), THYROPARATHYROIDECTOMIZlNG (38) and TRINITROPHENYLMETHYLNITRAMlNE (93). He also offered three shorter words: XIS (6), BEFORTUNE (14.) and EXSANGUINITY (96) . I am also aware that Susan Thorpe has worked on the 30-99 list with Webster's Second words .

This article expands the search in a number of ways . Firstly, it covers the whole range 1 to 101 , and also tries to find words for the older form of numbers, as in "four and twenty blackbirds.. . '
Secondly, any reputable source is used {though few in fact are needed) . Certain words containing
part of the original number word, or a version of it, are deemed to be unacceptable: A-FIVE, FIVER, FlFVE (obs form) for 5, FIFTENDE for 15, TWO AND TWENTY for 22, TWENTYFOOT WORM for 22, TWENTY-FIVE CENTS for 27, EIGHTYSlX for 68, etc.

My findings appear on the next two pages . On the whole, I report the shortest solutions first regardless of whether they are phrases or words, since it is so often the case where I report a wel1known phrase that alternative words are not only longer but obscure or specialised. Where more than one example is given, the second may be a little longer but more desirable (e.g., a word instead of a phrase) or, in the second list, a phrase that does not use AND. An asterisk marks a pure permutation, and "etc" means that there are other words or phrases of the same length. Words are taken from the OED, Webster's Second and Chambers except where noted and phrases are
taken from the OED, Longman ' s, Chambers or the Bloomsbury Thesaurus. TEA refers to TIl
Electronic Alveary, vf denotes an OED variant form, and q indicates an OED quotation .

Multiple Number Namers in Words and Phrases

In the May 1987 Word Ways, Jeremy Morse gave a few examples of words which contain m

than one number name. In the case of FORTUNE (10+4), TEETIllNG (8+10), EXTE SNELY

(11 +60) and EXTENSION (1 +6+ 10), the words are permutations of all the

in dl

names. In the case of INTERCHANGEABILITY (3,8,9,10,13,30,39,80,8 0 8) numb .r !lam

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occur in the word, but only one at a time. I therefore divide my findings into the case in which the word offered contains all the number names simultaneously, and the case where the offered word contains the stated number names one at a time. Note that in both cases more interesting results may lie unreported as I have taken the approach of subtracting letters from candidate words in the order ONE, TWO, THREE ... NINETYNINE.
Multiple number names simultaneously in words and phrases
Four number names in words: ACETYLGLUCOSAMINEPHOSPHOTRANSFERASE (Medical dict) 1,3,4,8 (ANTONIE VAN LEEUWENHOEK) 1,2,9,11 COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1,4,5, 10 (only two spare letters) DEOXYNUCLEOTIDYLTRANSFERASE 1,4,6,10 DIKETOHYDRINDYLIDENEDIKETOHYDRINDAMINE (Sted) 1,3,9, IO HEPATICOCHOLANGIOCHOLECYSTENTEROSTOMIES (Dorland's) 1,3,8, 10 (HERMANN LUDWIG FERDINAND VON HELMHOLTZ) 1,2,5,9 HYPEREXTENSION-HYPERFLEXION (Sted) I, 3, 6, 9 (JACOB LUDWIG FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY) I, 2, 4, 6 (DEOXY)NUCLEOTIDYLEXOTRANSFERASE (Sted) 1,4,6,10 (RUYTON OF THE ELEVEN TOWNS) (Shropshire) 1,2,3, 10, not also II! (WINTERBORNE CLENSTON) (Dorset) 1,2,9, 10
One irresistible example offour number names in a phrase, from the OED: FALLACY OF THE PERFECT DICTIONARY 1,3,40,50
Five number names in phrases: A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE 1, 3, 5, 7, 30 BE NEITHER ONE THING NOR THE OTHER 1, 3, 8, 9, IO CONGREGATION OF THE ORATORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN FRANCE 1,3,4,8,40 CYTOMEGALOVIRUS INCLUSION DISEASE OF THE NEWBORN 1,2,3,4,7 DETENTION IN A YOUNG OFFENDER INSTITUTION 1,4,9,10,90 EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE KITCHEN SINK 3, 6, 8, 9, IO EXPERIENCING THE SOUR TASTE OF FAll,URE 1, 3,4,6,10 FATrY DEGENERATION OF THE HEART 1,3,8,10,40 FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE HOCKEY 1,3,9,10,40 FRIGHTEN SOMEONE OUT OF THEIR WITS 1,2,3,4,8 INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT 1,4,7,9,10 INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION 1,3,9,10,40 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL OF THE ORDNANCE 1,3,4,9, IO ORDER OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY 1,3,5,8,40 ORGANIZATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES 1, 4, 6, 9, 10 PUT THE FRIGHTENERS ON SOMEONE 1,3,4,8, IO ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVEN'I'ION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS I, 3, 4, 5, 9 TAKE THE GROUND FROM UNDER SOMEONE'S FEET 1,3,4,10,14 TO BELIEVE THAT THE MOON IS MADE OF GREEN CHEESE 1, 3, 5, 8, IO TO CROSS A FORTUNE TELLER'S HAND WITH SILVER 1,2,3,4,10 TO MEASURE ANOTHER MAN'S FOOT BY ONE' S OWN LAST 1,2, 3,4, IO TWIST (or WIND or WRAP) SOMEONE ROUND ONE'S UTI'LE FINGER 1,2,4,9, IO WITH ONE'S EYES STARTING OUT OF ONE'S HEAD 1,2,3,8,9 WITHOUT MEETING EXPECTATIONS 1, 2, 6, 8, 10 WITHOUT SEEING THE ERROR OF ONE'S WAYS 1,2,3, 4, 8

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Six number names in phrases: MUCH WATER RUNS BY TIlE Mil .L THAT THE MILLER KNOWS NOT OF I, 2, 3, 4, 9, 30
STEPPING OVER FOUL LINE DURING FREE THROW I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 TO LOOK THROUGH TIlE WRONG END OF THE PERSPECTIVE 1,2,3,4,7,8

Multiple number names one-at-a-time in words and phrases Non-medical words: 15 OVERSUFFICIENTLY: 1,4,5,7, 10, 14, 15,40,45,47,50,51,57,70,74 Long placename: 16 LLANVIHANGEL-YSTERN-LLEWERN (Gwent): 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19,
70,79,80,87,90,97

Medical words: 18 ClNEROENTGENOFLUOROGRAPHY (Sted) 1,3,4,8,9,10, 14, 18, 19,40,41,49,80,81,84,90,
91,94 18 HEPATICOCHOLANGIOCHOLECYSTEN I'EROSTOMY (Dorland) 1,3,8,9, 10, 13, 18,30,31,38,
39,80,81,83,89,90,93,98 18 ROENTGEN(O)CINEMATOGRAPHICALLY: 1,3,8,9,10,13,18,19,30,31,39,80,81,89,90,91,
93, 98 22 HYSTEROV AGINOEN I'EROCELE (Sted): I, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 30, 31, 37, 70, 71, 73, 78,
80,81,87,90,93 24 ACETYLGLUCOSAMINEPHOSPHOTRANSFERASE (Medical diet, also AMINYL instead of
AMINE): I, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 18, 30, 31, 34, 40, 41, 43, 48, 49, 80, 81, 83, 84, 90, 93, 94

Phrases:

THINK EVERY THING OF is very efficient with 21 number names from 17 letters.

The following phrases contain the greatest number of modem number names from I to 100, and also the

greatest number of number names with AND, from 1&20 to 9&90.

44 A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: 1,3,5,7,8,9,10, II, 13, 17,

18, 19,30,31,33,35,37,38,39,40,43,47,48,49,70,71,73,75,78,79,80,81,83,85,87,88,89,

90,9 I, 93, 95, 97, 98, 99. This phrase also hides 26 of the AND numbers, from I&30 to 8&90.

49 ORDER OF TIlE PRESENTATION OF TIlE VIRGIN MARY: 1,3,5,7,8,9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19,

30,31,33,35,37,38,39,40,41,43,45,47,48,49,50,51,53, 57, 58, 59, 70, 71, 73, 78,79,80, I,

83, 85, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 97, 98. This phrase also hides 28 of the AND numbers, from 1&30 to 8&90.

58 CYTOMEGALOVIRUS INCLUSION DISEASE OF THE NEWBORN: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9, 10, II,

12,13,14,17,18,19,20,21,24,25,27,29,30,31,34,35,37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48, 49, 70, 71,

72,73,74,78,79,80,81,82,84,85,87,89,90,91,92,93,94, 95, 97, 98, 99.

phrase al 0 hid

35 of the AND numbers, from I&20 to 8&90.

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Modern number names

*1 EON

*2 TOW

*3 ETHER

*4 FUORorROUF

*5 VEIF (Old Norse basis of waif)

*6 XIS or IXS (Greek letler Xi, page ix, in plural)

*7 NEVES, EVENS

*8 TIGHE, HEIGHT

*9 INNE

*10 NET

*11 ENLEvE

*12 VELWET(vf)

* 13 THREITEN (vf)

14 BEFORTUNE, ENFORTUNE, COUNT-FREE

15 INFEFTED,DIFFERENT

*16 EXTINES

17 ENTERVENES,EVENLESTEN

*18 TEHEEING(Web3)

19 INTENDENCE, TENNENDRIE etc

20 ENTWYTE (vf), THWYTEN (vf) etc

21 NEWTON TONEY (Wilts)

22 NORTHWEST BY WEST, WEST-NORTHWESTERLY

23 WA'ITLE HONEY-EATER, NOT TO GET ANYWHERE24 HOLY WATER FOUNT

25 (FIVE-TWENTY) (OED, US bonds), FALL BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

26 EXTENSIVELY WITH

27 HAVE KNOWN BEITER DAYS

28 SCYTHE WHETTING

29 IN A PERTINENT WAY

*30 TYRITH (tire, 1486q)

31 NITROPHYTE, THRONE CITY

32 TRUSTWORTHILY, THORNYTHWAITE(UK)

33 ARTHRESTHETICALLY (Sled), TETRAETHYLTHIURAM (Sled), THE THIRTY YEARS' WAR

34 PURITY OF HEART, TRIFLUOROETHYL (Sled), (SIXTY-FOURTHER)

35 OVERTHRIFTILY

36 MARXIST HISTORY, THYROTOXICOSIS/OXICITIES

37 CHARITYEVENTS,HYPERVENTlLA'TES

38 INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

*39 TYN-REITHIN (Dyfed), HYPERNUTRITION

*40 TROFY (Web2, trophy)

41 FRENOTOMY(Sted)

42 WEIGHT OF TROY

*43 OERTYRFETH?, THORN-TREE FLY, TETRAHYDROFOLATE

44 PURVEYOROFFILTH

45 HAVEFlSHTOFRY,OLlVEFRUITFLY

46 TOXIFEROUSLY (Sled)

47 EVERY SOOFl'EN, FEVER-DESTROYING,SELF-SOVEREIGNTY

48 MIGHTY-EFFORT, RIGHT OF ENTRY

49 RENOTIFYING, CRYPTO-FENIAN etc

*50 TIFFY

51 TO FLY ON FIRE, REFORTIFYING, UNDERFORTIFY

52 WRITOFNEIFTY

53 PAYTHEFORFEIT,HYPERAFFECTIVITY

54 TO FIND FAYOUR IN THE EYES OF, etc

55 HAVE AN AFFINITY FOR

56 FIXITY OF PURPOSE

57 OVERSUFFICIENTLY

58 (FIFTY-WEIGHT), RUFFLE THE DIGNITY

59 INDEFFYNITE

*60 XYSTI (vf, plural of xystus)

61 XYLOSTEIN

62 RUYTON-XI-TOWNS (Shropshire)

63 ERYTHRODEXTRINS, HETEROSEXUALITY etc

64 TOXIFEROUSLY(Sled)

65 UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, PSEUDOEXFOLIATlVELY (Sled)

66 (nothing)

67 SURVEYING SEXTANT (TEA), UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

68 EXCUSINGTHELIBERTY

69 INEXISTENCY,EXSANGUINITY

*70 STEVYNE

71 OVERYNENTES(OED,overagainst)

72 TAPESTRY-WOVEN?, TO LIVE BY ONE'S WITS 73 THREE-DAY EVENTS (TEA), ERYTHRODEGENERATlVES

74 OVERSUFFICIENTLY

75 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

76 SURVEYING SEXTANT (TEA), UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

77 ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREA

78 ERYTHRODEGENERATIVES, VAGINOHYSTERECTOMIZE

79 NEVER-ENDING STORY

80 HEYTING, HYGEIST, WEIGHTY

81 HOMOGENEITY, LlTHOGENESY etc

82 TROY WEIGHT

83 EVERY OTHER NIGHT

84 TOURNEY-FIGHT, SELF-RIGHTEOUSLY

85 BY THE FIRST VISAGE

86 EXTINGUISHEDLY

87 SEE-EVERYTHING

88 LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT

89 INHOMOGENEITY

*90 TYNNIE(OEDtinny, I576q), TINNERYetc

91 INTENCYONEetc (OED, intention), NONETERNITY 92 LOW-INTENSITY, WAYMENTATION

93 EINSTEIN THEORY, STRYCHNINE-TREE

94 (FOURPENNY BIT), HYPERFUNCTION, INFORTUNATELY

95 INDEFlNITlVELY

96 SIXPENNY BIT, INEXISTENCY

97 NEVER-ENDINGSTORY

98 ANTI-EVERYTHING

99 INCONVENIENTLY

100 UNDETHRONED(includesONEHUNDRED)

lOla INDEPENDENT BROADCASTING AUTHORITY (includes ONE HUNDRED AND ONE)

101 b ANTIMONIURETTED HYDROGEN (includes ONE HUNDRED ONE)

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Number names like "four and twenty"

1+20 COUNTR YANDWESTERN, DOWN TO ONE'S LAST PENNY, WITH A STRONG TENDENCY

2+20 MORE WA YS TO THE WOOD THAN ONE

3+20 TO ORA W ANYONE'S EYE-TEETH

4+20 (TRAIN DUE ATONE TWENTY FIVE), DRAW ONE'S SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

5+20 GIVEN AWAY WITH A POUND OF TEA 7+20 SAY WHATEVER COMES INTO ONE'S MIND

6+20 THERE'S MANY A SLIP 'TWIXT THE CUP AND THE LIP 8+20 WITH A STRONG TENDENCY (again)

9+20 LET NOTHING STAND IN ONE'S WAY

1+30 TANDENTROPHILY (W92-06 I), UNDATION THEOR Y

2+30 WITH A STRONG TENDENCY (yet again)

3+30 TETRAHYDROTHIOPHEN (Longman)

4+30 OUT OF THE ORDINARY 6+30 HYDROXYEICOSATETRAENOIC(Medicaldict)

5+30 LlVETOFIGHTANOTHERDAY 7+30 STEIN-LEVENTHALSYNDROME

8+30 HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY or LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DA Y (again)

9+30 LAUNCHED INTO ETERNITY or TETRAHYDROCANNIBINOL (W95-093)

- 1+40 NONDEFAMATORY

2+40 WATER OF HYDRATION

3+40 CARR Y BOTH ENDS OF THE LOG or THE THREE GOLDEN FRIDA YS

4140 THING OF BEAUTY AND A JOY FOREVERt, ORDINARY DLFFERENTIAL EQUATION

5+40 DEFIANCEOFGRA VITY

6+40 DIALLYLBISNORTOXIFERIN(Med),etc

7+40 FESTOON VINEYARD 9+40 MOUNTED INFANTRY

8+40 FORGOn EN BIRTHDAY

1+50 FRIDA Y AfTERNOON CAR, LADY OF THE FRYING PAN, ONE OF THESE FINE DAYS

2+50 TO PLA Y OFF AND ON WITH

3+50 DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY (again)

4+50 TO FIND FAVOUR IN THE EYES OF

5+50 TO FIND FAVOUR IN THE EYES OF (again)

6+50 (nothing)

7+50 TO FIND FAVOUR IN THE EYES OF (and again)

8+50 BREATHING DIFFICULTY 1+60 DEOXYGENATIONS, DISOXYGENATION

9+50 INANINDIFfERENTWAY 2+60 (nothing)

3+60 EXCEED ONE'S AUTHORITY

4+60 SULFAMETHOXYPYRIDAZINE(Sted)

5+60,6+60 (nothing)

7+60 EXTENSIVE AND lNTENSIVE QUANTITY

8+60 (nothing)

9+60 OXYGEN-ADMINISTERING(Cltambel's)

1+70 STEIN-LEVENTHALSYNDROME(again)

2+70 HAVE KNOWN BETTER DAYS,etc

3+70 STEIN-LEVENTHALSYNDROME(and again)

4+70 NEVER IN A MONTH OF SUNDA YS

5+70 A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVER YTHING IN ITS PLACE

6+70 EXTENSIVE AND INTENSIVE QUANTITY (again) 7+70 EXTENSIVE AND INTENSIVE QUANTITY (and again)

8+70 EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN IS LOVELY

9+70 TO GIVE ANYONE A BIT OF ONE'S MIND

1+80 DEHYDROGENATING, DOG-IN-THE-MANGERY, BRIGHTEN ONE'S DA y, etc

2+80 DO THINGS THE USUAL WAY, PLAYING DOWN THE TABLE, WITH A STRONG TENDENCY (fourth time), etc

3+80 DO THE NECESSARY THING

4+80 GRANDUNlFlEDTHEORY

5+80 LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY (and again)

6+80 EXPANDING UNIVERSE THEOR Y (The Electronic A1veary)

7+80 LIGHT AND HEAVY HORSEMEN, EXPANDING UNIVERSE THEOR Y (again)

8+80 COME THE HIGH AND MIGHTY, HIGHER THAN GlLDEROY 'S KITE, THINK ONESELF GOD ALMIGHTY

9+80 BENEATH ONE'S DIGNITY

1+90 TENNYSONIANIZED

2+90 WITH A STRONG TENDENCY (fi fth time), WINTERBOURNE DAUNTSEY(Wilts)

3+90 D1METHYLPHENANTHRENE (Sted), LAUNCHED INTO ETERNITY (again), RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (composer)

4+90 MOUNTED INFANTRY (again)

5+90 ENVIRONMENTAI.I.YFRIENDLY

6+90 OXYGEN-ADMINISTERING (again)

7+90 TO GIVE ANYONE A BIT OF ONE'S MIND (again)

8+90 BENEATH ONE'S DIGNITY (again)

9+90 LET NOTHING STAND IN ONE'S WAY (again)

t from Bloomsbury Thesaurus: Keats wrote "A thing of beauty is ajoy forever",

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