Numbers in Polari

Learn numbers in Polari

Knowing numbers in Polari is probably one of the most useful things you can learn to say, write and understand in Polari. Learning to count in Polari may appeal to you just as a simple curiosity or be something you really need. Perhaps you have planned a trip to a country where Polari is the most widely spoken language, and you want to be able to shop and even bargain with a good knowledge of numbers in Polari.

It's also useful for guiding you through street numbers. You'll be able to better understand the directions to places and everything expressed in numbers, such as the times when public transportation leaves. Can you think of more reasons to learn numbers in Polari?

The Polari language (aka. Palare, Parlary, Palarie or Palari) is a cant slang, or a cryptolect, basically a secret language. It was mostly used by homosexual men as well as theatrical and circus people from the fifties to the seventies in the United Kingdom and in Ireland. English-based cant, Polari is an evolution of the previous Parlyaree secret language derived from Italian, which can be seen in its numbers names. The Polari name itself comes from the Italian parlare (to talk).Due to lack of data, we can only count accurately up to 12 in Polari. Please contact me if you can help me counting up from that limit.

List of numbers in Polari

Here is a list of numbers in Polari. We have made for you a list with all the numbers in Polari from 1 to 20. We have also included the tens up to the number 100, so that you know how to count up to 100 in Polari. We also close the list by showing you what the number 1000 looks like in Polari.

  • 1) una
  • 2) dooey
  • 3) tray
  • 4) quarter
  • 5) chinker
  • 6) say
  • 7) say oney
  • 8) say dooey
  • 9) say tray
  • 10) daiture
  • 11) long dedger
  • 12) kenza

Numbers in Polari: Polari numbering rules

Each culture has specific peculiarities that are expressed in its language and its way of counting. The Polari is no exception. If you want to learn numbers in Polari you will have to learn a series of rules that we will explain below. If you apply these rules you will soon find that you will be able to count in Polari with ease.

The way numbers are formed in Polari is easy to understand if you follow the rules explained here. Surprise everyone by counting in Polari. Also, learning how to number in Polari yourself from these simple rules is very beneficial for your brain, as it forces it to work and stay in shape. Working with numbers and a foreign language like Polari at the same time is one of the best ways to train our little gray cells, so let's see what rules you need to apply to number in Polari

  • Digits from one to nine are specific words, namely una (or oney) [1], dooey (or dewey, dooe, duey, from Parlyaree after the Italian due) [2], tray [3], quarter [4] (from the Italian quattro), chinker [5] (from Parlyaree after the Italian cinque), say [6], say oney (literally six one), or setter [7], say dooey (literally six two), or otter [8], and say tray (literally six three) or nobber [9].
  • The word for ten is daiture, or dacha, deger, from Parlyaree after the Italian dieci.
  • Eleven is long dedger, or lepta [11].
  • Twelve is kenza [12].
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