Talking Numbers

Talking Numbers : Numbers have always fascinated mankind. The ancients attached mystical significance to numbers and believed they held all the mysterious to the origins and systematic functioning of the universe.

Indeed, numbers can talk if only we know how to decipher their secret meanings. The word number itself has many meanings, besides the regular mathematical definition, one of these being: a song, dance or other musical item, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

In this chapter, we will let numbers do the talking in unlocking the meaning of hitherto esoteric or meaningless words. The words on these pages are either directly derived from numbers or have numbers embedded in their etymology (roots) or meanings.

You are welcome to share your talking numbers with the rest of the world by submitting them to us. We will add those words in these lists.

Schism : noun

A division between strongly opposed parties, caused by differences in opinions or belief

Schizophrenia : noun

A long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings and withdrawal from reality into fantasy and delusion

Second-degree : adjective

1. (Medical) denoting burns that cause blisters but not permanent scars

2. (Law) denoting a category of crime, especially murder, that is less serious than a first-degree crime

Second nature : noun

A tendency or habit that has become instinctive

Second-rate : adjective

Of mediocre or inferior quality

Second string : noun

An alternative resource or course of action in case the first one fails

Second wind : noun

Regained ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath

Septennial : adjective

Lasting for or occurring every seven years

Septuagenarian : noun

A person between 70 and 79 years

Septuplet : noun

Each of seven children born at one birth

Sesquicentenary : noun

The one-hundredth and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event

Sexagenarian : noun

A person between 60 and 69 years

Sexcentenary : noun

The six-hundredth anniversary of a significant event

Sexennial : adjective

Lasting for or recurring every six years

Sextet : noun

1. A group of six people playing music or singing together

2. A set of six people or things

Sextuplets : noun

Each of six children born at one birth

Sixth sense : noun

A supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception

Sixty-nine : noun

(Informal) sexual activity between two people involving mutual oral stimulation of the genitals

The word is derived from the position of the couple that mimics the number 69.

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