The Minbari use a base 11 system:
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<font color="orange">From JMS:
Minbari use base 11, not base 10, so twelve would be eleventy-first year, and so on.
Minbari base eleven includes fingers and head, from which the principle of mathematics comes.
You're also looking at this from a strictly English-speaking perspective; in German, for instance, 21 is "Ein und Zwanzig" (pardon any misspellings in there, it's been a while) which is exactly the same structure, albeit reversed, used for Minbari counting (and, in fact, is more or less what I based his "statement" on).
Eleventy-seven = Eighteen base ten.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven
Eleventy-one, eleventy-two, eleventy-three, eleventy-four, eleventy- five, eleventy-six, eleventy-seven, eleventy-eight, eleventy-nine, eleventy-ten, twelfy
Twelfty-one, twelfty-two, twelfy-three, twelfty-four, twelfty-five, twelfty-six, twelfty-seven, twelfty-eight, twelfty-nine, twelfty-ten.
And so on.
Who here still has a problem with this? </font color>
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