Nyne and twenty

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius

Meaning

This way of saying two-digit numbers is now archaic or restricted to a few dialects; the last Standard English use in the OED is 1712.

There’s been more ink spilt about the actual number of pilgrims— Chaucer names 30 in the General Prologue. But we don’t care about that, right? We care about the poetry.

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