Tuesday, November 15, 2005

the nth degree

You know the expression "to the nth degree"? Supposedly, the "n" in nth is some unknown, or some magnificent number.

However, n can only represent about 70% of all whole numbers. It cannot be a 1, 2, or 3, because then you'd have to say nst, nnd, or nrd. (The exceptions are numbers that end in 11, 12, or 13. They can end with th.)


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