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Myrtonos

North Country counting jargon

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Myrtonos

I'm sure many here will be that familiar with that counting jargon once common in rural parts of Northern England. The first three numbers would be; yan, tan, tethera And that is in some versions, other versions may differ.

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Nesf

Interesting - I wasn't familiar with this.

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Myrtonos

There's more information here and in this book preview.

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Myrtonos

Let's focus on the first ten numbers:

yan, tan, tethera, methera, pimp, sethera, lethera, hovera, covera, dik

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Myrtonos

For the next four numbers, just take yan, tan, tethera and methera and add -dik. Does anyone here want to give that a try?

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Nesf
4 hours ago, Myrtonos said:

For the next four numbers, just take yan, tan, tethera and methera and add -dik. Does anyone here want to give that a try?

According to the Isle of Man site: Yan-a-dik, tan-a-dik, tethera-dik, pethera-dik

Tethera reminds me of the Greek number 4 τέσσερα (tessera).

According to Wikipedia, there seems to be a great deal of regional variation, I suppose because it is or was a non-standardised oral tradition.

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Myrtonos

After that is 'bumfit'. And to get the next four numbers, just combine yan-a, tan-a, tethera and methera with 'bunfit.' Does anyone here want to give that a try?

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Nesf

Is that 'bumfit' or 'bunfit'? Yan-a-bumfit, tan-a-bumfit, tetherabumfit, metherabumfit.

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Myrtonos

And then there is giggot, the highest number in this system before "many".

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