English has (had - most people I meet don't know what it means) score, which is also twenty. Lincoln's Gettysburg address say "four score and " which is 80 +. Supposedly this comes from old norse for mark or tally? -----Original Message----- From: Jean-Francois Colson [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 11:59 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: number bases (was without subject) French is somewhat pre-disposed to a base 20: 85 is said quatre-vingt-cinq /katr@vE~sE~k/, i.e. four-twenty-five.