Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How we got the word ‘hundred’, a significant number in many cultures

  • Our linguistics expert marks her 100th column with a look at how the English language achieved its perfect score
  • From temperature to cricket, the lovely round number is often associated with superlatives or successes

Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell celebrates reaching his century during a Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka, in 2015. Photo: Reuters
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