# Why eleven is not called onety one [duplicate]

I want to know why eleven is not called "onety one"? Since eleven comes after ten, why is not "onety one"? and why ten is not called onety ?

• Because that would be too easy, the universe does not work that way... Jun 5, 2013 at 13:25
• According to that logic you should start with the question "Why is ten not called onety"? Jun 5, 2013 at 13:27
• @JoachimSauer agree with you, it can be Jun 5, 2013 at 13:28
• No it can't. It's called ten. Have you seen the question linked in the sidebar? english.stackexchange.com/questions/7281/… Jun 5, 2013 at 13:29
• Ten is not called onety because you have ten fingers and not nine. That part is actually extremely logical and straightforward. Besides, what do you think "ty" actually means? You suggest that we say "one ten" every time we want to say "ten". Now that is illogical. Jun 5, 2013 at 14:23

I doubt you can find any reason why. This is a common feature of many languages, the first few numbers have their own "special" names, and the rest are built using a standard method like adding the -ty ending.