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History of a hundred English-speakers, when referring to the number 100, have the choice in many contexts of using “hundred,” derived from old English and Germanic words, or “century,” with its Latin and Romance roots. But there are anomalies: those living in the “nineteen-hundreds” were also experiencing the 20th century. A “hundred” itself was originally a medieval area of land; this usage survives in the Chiltern Hundreds and The Hundred in Romsey. It consisted of 100 “hides” and, in an early version of the decimal system, a hide was composed of 100 acres (although acres varied in size in different…

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