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2nd of August 2021

A few weeks ago I was consuming random content on YouTube and stumbled upon a video by jan Misali. It was about the Dothraki language and since Game of Thrones is one of my favourite shows I decided to check out jan Misali's other uploads and find out whether he made a video about High Valyrian as well. He did! I also watched some of his other videos and I really liked them.

But there was one thing that stuck out to me - one of the videos was about base 6 numeral system. He calls it "seximal" because it sounds much better than "senary". I agree. Misali made a lot of clever points about seximal's superiority over decimal (that's what we all use everyday for counting) and despite most of the people having ten fingers, seximal may be much better for us.

Why did I decide to write about seximal? I really love the name and the idea of using a different numeral system, even if it's just for fun. I don't expect everyone to switch to seximal, because well, it's kind of hard to wrap one's head around it. Number 14 in seximal is what we call "ten". This is how you would count your fingers:

Pretty unusual, right? What about the current year? 13205. Yep, as of today it's 2nd of August 13205. And August is the 12th month of the year. And a year consists of 20 months. Water boils at 244 (two nif foursy four) degrees Celcius.

Because the numbers can get much bigger compared to decimal, Misali made up some vocabulary to suit seximal. So the current year is one unexian trirsy two nif five.

What about the units? There is the stick for length, the jug for volume, temperatures stay in Celsius, and time is described in days, lapses, lulls and moments. How awesome is that?

There is much more to seximal and I strongly encourage you to check out an official webpage dedicated to seximal, as well as jan Misali's YouTube channel

Oh, and if you don't speak English (why are you reading this then?), here are translations of seximal vocabulary: translations.