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On 03/04/18 10:25, Oliver Kroth wrote:
When I count things, let's say, cows, I start with the first cow and say "one", second cow "two",  third cow counted "three"... I would not start with the first cow and say "zero", I say "zero" when there is no cow at all.
A zero-th cow is the cow in the empty corral, and actually "not a cow"...

I actually pulled this one on a pushy undergrad student. I made him count fingers. "Now, point me the first finger, the number one. Have you noticed 'third' and 'three' sound very similar? Is it coincidence or is there a reason?".