Learnt about an interesting (to me) usage yesterday. Among Urdu speaking people, whenever they want to say that something is next/close/nearer to the other, they use the phrase “unnees-bhees” (meaning 19-20). Their logic is that nineteen is almost equal to twenty and twenty is almost nineteen, so they are next to each other. Of course, this applies to every number in the numerical system, but this is what they use. Useless, but interesting piece of information.

4 thoughts on “Unnees-Bhees

  1. Isnt it the same reason why opticans say ‘ur eyes have to be 20 20′, why not ’50 50’? Considering 50 50 would be more logical i.e. 50% 50% = 100%

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

seventy four + = seventy eight

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>