As mentioned in earlier work, the first twenty-
There is, as one might have known, a compensatory, somewhat massive, system of number marking on the noun, from dual to vigintiquinqual:
/mi/ ‘juju bean’ /su/ ‘two juju beans’ ... /pa/ ‘twenty-five juju beans’
While Moundsbar morphemes are often quite short (e.g., /-p-/ ‘old toothless tentmaker’), nonetheless the above examples do not analyze. Despite the ample morphological resources made available to the world’s languages by the human mind’s rich stock of universal categories and parameter settings, Moundsbar, with nearly unfathomable perversity, has chosen suppletion as its chief means of number marking, with the result that well over 65% of the nominal vocabulary of the language is unfamiliar to the average speaker.
Since Moundsbarians have as much need to count as anyone, and
more now that they are experimenting with off-
Many people have asked us how the numeral words might have
become taboo. The original Moundsbarian religion, Mism, practiced
by the primitive Mists, posited two opposing cosmic forces, Even
and Odd, and held that by the end of the world, Even would win. We
think the Misthood became convinced that if counting had to begin
Of course the Moundsbarians have some damn fool explanation of their own and say they never heard of Mism.
We do not anticipate a lexicon in the near future.