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Quoting R A Brown <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> Mark J. Reed wrote:
> [snip]
>
>  > Or, my personal (least) favorite, "hexadecimal" - chosen over the more
>  > linguistically consistent (albeit still demonstrably artificial)
>  > "sexadecimal" to avoid having "sex" in the word.  *sigh*
>
> Humph - altho we have _sexaginta_ (60), _sexagesimus_ (60th) etc, the
> use of -a- as an infix between 'sex' and another morpheme is not
> productive in Latin. The Latin for 16 is 'sedecim'.

Well, I suppose that explains why one of my programming textbooks insisted on
writing 'sedecimal' instead of 'hexadecimal'.

                                                  Andreas