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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