[Ads-l] Ninet

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon May 11 07:47:17 UTC 2015

> 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!

the wikipedia page lists quite a number of nonets, of several types.

but at nine members, you’re on the border between a chamber group and a small orchestra.


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