The Smallest Number Using All Five Vowels Once Each

What is the smallest number (in English) that uses all five vowels exactly once each?

For example, the number “eighty thousand” uses each of the vowels a, e, i, o, u exactly once. (And as a bonus it even has the “sometimes vowel” y.)

Needless to say, there are smaller numbers which meet the condition!

Have a think about it. Your answer might even be different depending on whether you use US English or British English…

Tomorrow I will post some of the answers I have been offered when asking this question. Many of them are quite ingenious.

I am taking a couple of days’ break from Japanese to post something else language-related. Well…it’s at the intersection of language and mathematics. This has been in my drafts folder a while so I wanted to bash it out.

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