‘Numbers in Amharic?’

This is just the basic 1-10 in Amharic with their alphanumerical symbol:

፩ - änd (1)

፪ - hulätt (2)

፫ - sösst (3)

፬ - aratt (4)

፭ - ammïst (5)

፮ - sïddïst (6)

፯ - säbat (7)

፰ - sïmmiint (8)

፱ - zät’äñ (9)

፲ - assiir (10)

Because Amharic, and other Ge'ez script based languages, use a system of 1’s and 10’s to proceed would literally go:

፲፩ - asra-änd (11)

Always remember that the only time 10 is pronounced ‘assiir’ is when it’s by itself. When it’s with another numeral it’s pronounced ‘asra’.

So on and so forth until one reaches Häya (20: ፳) and then it would be ‘häya-änd’ (፳፩). It works like that all the way until 100 (ወቶ: mäto) where one would have to then have to add the hundred before the proceeding two numbers; and when you’re in the upper hundreds you must then put a 1 based numeral before the 10 based hundred. Basically like this:

zät'äñ-mäto-asra-sösst (913)


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Fibonacci Series.

The Fibonacci series covers the simplest golden section sequence which can be expressed in whole-numbers (the golden section of 89 being 55, and that of 55 being 34, etc.):

2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 …

In it each number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers (that is, 2+3 =5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13, etc.).

The sequence approaches nearer and nearer the proportion of the geometrical golden section i.e. the irrational key-number of the geometric mean: the square of every number is equal to the product of the numbers preceding and following it - with the difference of plus or minus 1.

The Fibonacci series embodies the low of natural growth. In the fir-cone starting from the centre, a system of spirals runs in the right and left directions, in which the number of spirals always result in the values of the Fibonacci sequence: 3, 5, 8 and 13 spirals.

A similar setting can be seen on the sunflower, pineapple, chamomile, dandelion, marguerite, cactus, likewise in the arrangement of leaves on the stem and in the horns of some ruminating animals.

It’s palindrome week! So here are some more to celebrate:

  1. Racecar.
  2. A man, a plan, canal, Panama.
  3. Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.
  4. No, Mel Gibson Is A Casino’s Big Lemon.
  5. Name tarts? No, medieval slave, I demonstrate man!
  6. Doc, Note: I Dissent. A Fast Never Prevents A Fatness. I Diet On Cod.
  7. What did the alien say when he heard that Tarzan raised Desi Arnaz’ rat? “Tah tdra, ehehneh wyasne ilaeh tdidt ahw.”

Not enough. How about one of the longest palindromes ever? It’s 17,826 words.