My first post here, so please humor me. I have found no one in my life who can explain this to me: My question is about the base 10 number system. It arises from the rate at which new NAMES are attributed to numbers as they increase. To illustrate, please consider - 10 x 1 unit = 10. - This is significant as this is the point at which a new NAME is attributed to subsequent numbers (ie from units to tens) 10 x 10 = 100. (moving from tens to hundreds) 10 x 100 = 1000 (hundreds to thousands) - noting new names thus far have been attributed in accordance with multiples of 10 10 x 1000 = 10 000. - No new name.. Why this lack of continuity? Why are new names given in accordance with multiples of 10 prior to reaching 1000, (or 10 000), and not after?