won, to, for, ate: The Troubling Doubling Homophonic Numbers

The only single digit—or any number four that matter—numbers that have homophones in the English language are also the first four doubling numbers: 1, 2, 4, 8 (nein is Germanic, as is English, but that’s even more of a stretch, and I respond to it by saying “no” , four it doesn’t fit the pattern and would break it)…  I think its appropriate, and pretty sweet, that it stops there and doesn’t go to 16, and that there are only four of them.

[edit: words below added on 2016-03-30]

A relevant related phenomenon exists in the number of letters used to write out a pronunciation matches for 1,2,4, as in 1, to, four (but not three, which is made up of 5 letters). Also, there are four Latin prefixes that have the same letters as the number they are to represent: bi, tri, quad, quint.

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