
Hexadecimal Number Words
You may be wondering how to pronounce numbers written in hex. If so, you're not the first. Even computer geeks have argued over the matter, as this Slashdot discussion from 2003 shows. Until now, you had one of two choices: enunciate every single digit like you're reciting a phone number, or convert to base ten to use current number words. Neither choice is optimal for thinking or communicating in hex.
Even if hex continues to play second fiddle to decimal, it's not going away any sooner than digital computers. So to make life easier for the computer geeks using hex on a daily basis and the Information Age school kids who should be, we propose the following system of hexadecimal number words for the English language:


Basic Numbers (1–10)

Cardinal 
Ordinal 

Cardinal 
Ordinal 
1 
one 
first 
9 
nine 
ninth 
2 
two 
second 
A 
ten 
tenth 
3 
three 
third 
B 
eleven 
eleventh 
4 
four 
fourth 
C 
twelve 
twelfth 
5 
five 
fifth 
D 
draze 
drazeth 
6 
six 
sixth 
E 
eptwin 
eptwinth 
7 
seven 
seventh 
F 
fim 
fimth 
8 
eight 
eighth 
10 
tex 
texth 


TwoDigit Numbers (11–FF)
The Teeks (11–1F)
# 
Word 
# 
Word 
11 
oneteek 
19 
nineteek 
12 
twenteek 
1A 
tenteek 
13 
thirteek 
1B 
levteek 
14 
fourteek 
1C 
twelfteek 
15 
fifteek 
1D 
drazeteek 
16 
sixteek 
1E 
epteek 
17 
sevteek 
1F 
fimteek 
18 
eighteek 
? 
umpteek 
Ordinals are created with the suffix th. For example, 19th would be nineteekth.
TwoDigit Multiples of Tex
# 
Word 
# 
Word 
20 
twentek 
90 
ninetek 
30 
thirtek 
A0 
tentek 
40 
fourtek 
B0 
levtek 
50 
fiftek 
C0 
twelftek 
60 
sixtek 
D0 
drazetek 
70 
sevtek 
E0 
eptek 
80 
eightek 
F0 
fimtek 
The above words combine with the words for onedigit numbers in the same manner as baseten words. For instance, 21 would be twentekone and 9E would be ninetekeptwin. For ease of speech, eleven may be shortened to leven making BB levtekleven.
Ordinals are created through the same process, making 21st twentekfirst, 9Eth ninetekeptwinth, and BBth levtekleventh. The ordinals for the twodigit multiples also use the suffix th, making 80th eightekth.


Powers of Tex
10^{2} 
hundrek 
100 
256_{A} 
10^{3} 
thousek 
1000 
4,096_{A} 
10^{4} 
millek 
1,0000 
65,536_{A} 
10^{8} 
billek 
1,0000,0000 
4,294,967,296_{A} 
10^{C} 
trillek 
1,0000,0000,0000 
281,474,976,710,656_{A} 
10^{10} 
quadrillek 
1,0000,0000,0000,0000 
18,446,744,073,709,551,616_{A} 
Since quadrillek is a very large number, names for powers of tex larger than it are unlikely to be useful and hence not created, though it is rumored in some circles that a 1 with a hundrek 0s behind it is a googlek.

