Posted by Phil H on June 04, 1998 at 18:37:15:
In response to Does 12 make a dozen?, written by ElaineL on June 04, 1998 at 17:48:12
] I was about to write a reference in a story about a "dozen" of something and then wondered if the English (and particularly in this time period) used this descripture. The English to Am. English sites I checked didn't have anything. I'd be happy to pursue others if you have a source to recommend. (If you know the answer, that'd be great too!) Thanks, EL
The word dozen has been in use in English ever since it was imported into the language from the Old French douzaine, probably with the Norman invasion of 1066. Interestingly, my dictionary says it is "an aggregate of twelve things" or "an indefinite number". Except when it's a "baker's dozen" or a "devil's dozen", when it's thirteen.
Can't give you any hard references to Regency usage, though - how about searching the text of JA's novels, available here at Pemberley, for examples?
- indefinite number Caroline 22:52:38 6/04/98 (2)
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