Re: Cultural cloning and diminishing returns
Ancient wise man 1: so, that's counting sorted out then
one, two three, death, five, six ...
Ancient wise man 2: I'm sorry, three, what?
AW2: Why is it one two three, then death?
AW1: It's just what we came up with. Of course, probably people will try to avoid having "Death" amounts of things I suppose, maybe a little creepy, but what can you do eh? Anyway.,
Seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, deathteen, fifteen.
AW2: Erm, deathteen?
AW1: Well, we have to be consistent, otherwise people would get confused. We also have twenty-death, thirty-death and my favourite, deathty-death.
Try to imagine it in a Mitchell and web style.