Nyne and twenty
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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