Is there an etymological reason why the 1st in English is the 1"ST", the 2nd is the 2"ND", the 3rd is the 3"RD", then everything else is the "TH"? Why isn't it Oneth, Twoth, Threeth, then Fourth, Fifth etc?
#107925. Asked by Datsmeharse. (Aug 12 09 9:06 AM)
Not all do end as such, example:|
Ordinal numbers are alternatively written in English with numerals and letter suffixes: 1st, 2nd or 2d, 3rd or 3d, 4th, 11th, 21st, 22nd, 71st, 477th, etc.
It follows pronunciation and ordinal indicators vary country to country.
From there, you would need to follow the etymology of the words first, second, third, etc.
Example: SECOND -- Etymology 1From Old French seconde (“‘fro’”), from Latin secundus (“‘following, next in order’”), from root of sequi (“‘follow’”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (“‘to follow’”)
Example: THIRD -- EtymologyOld English þridda
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