[Ads-l] Ninet

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon May 11 07:19:55 UTC 2015

Just making a guess, I see "ninetet" is in use. BB

> Mark Mandel <mailto:thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
> May 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM
> Heard on the radio about an hour ago, in an interview on a jazz program.
> Used repeatedly. I wasn't paying full attention, and I thought it was a
> name until my mind connected it with the repeated mention of touring 
> with a
> nine-member band.
> Well, yes, I've noticed before that the Greek- and Latin-derived numeric
> prefixes are all pretty familiar and comfortable (for me), up through
> "oct(o)-". Then there's "non(o?)-", which seems to hardly ever appear. 
> Duo,
> trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, but No, No Nonet!
> I tried a web search for "ninet" (/na=C9=AA'n=C9=9Bt/, BTW), but 
> everything=
> seemed to
> be "nine T" or a name.

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