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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Eleven (Anglo-Saxon, andlefene, ænd = ain, lefene = lef, left).
 
One left or one more after counting ten (the fingers of the two hands). Twelve is Twa lef (two left); all the other teens up to 20 represent 3, 4, 5, etc. + ten. It would seem that at one time persons did not count higher than twelve, but in a more advanced state they required higher numbers, and introduced the “teen” series, omitting eleven and twelve, which would be enteen and twaleen.   1
 


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