Numbers in Benjamin-ese
Benjamin is obsessed with numbers these days. True to himself, He has his own way of calling things. He can count to 130 now, although not necessarily the way we'd do it. His system goes something like this:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
12, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (called ten-teen, or sometimes twenty).
21 (twenty-one) through 29 (twenty-nine) = all normal.
30 = twenty ten, or thirty, depending on his mood. Then come thirty-one, thirty two and so on to 40 = thirty ten, or forty again, so then you get fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, TENty (makes sense, no?).
He asked for the light to be left on for "tenty twenty-ten" minutes at bedtime last night. I had to think about that one for a few seconds! (130, for those of you who still don't speak Benjaminese fluently).