As the fans of John Carter settle into what will inevitably be a long struggle to win their battle for a sequel, we will begin drilling down into some of the esoterica of Barsoomiana. Today’s offering: how to count in Barsoomian.
First, the numerals. This is based on the original ERB books, as developed by Paul Frommer for Disney’s John Carter.
Next, the rules:
- The digits that have been given are: ay , tor , ov , and bar .
- The tens are formed by suffixing the multiplier unit with the word for ten (tee), except for ten itself: tee , tortee, ovtee , and bartee .
- The compound numbers are formed by stating the ten, then the unit with no space (e.g.: teeay , torteetor ,barteeov ).
- The hundreds are formed by prefixing the word for hundred (tan) with the multiplier digit, with no space, except for one hundred itself: tan , tortan , ovtan , and bartan .
- The thousands are litteraly tens of hundreds, hence formed by prefixing the word for hundred (tan) with the multiplier number, with no space: teetan (although another form, dar, is also possible) [1,000], teeaytan [1,100], teetortan[1,400], teeovtan [1,700], teebartan [1,800]. However, ten thousand is mak [10,000].
- One million is dur.
For more, go to Language and Numbers: How to Count in Barsoomian