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DOS (dohs)

Two in Spanish

Common clues: Spanish couple?; Uno + uno; Two, in Tijuana; Spanish company?; Two, in Toledo; Uno follower; Uno, ___, tres

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 7364 / 86800

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The glyph we use today in the Western world to represent the number 2 traces its roots back to the Brahmin Indians, who wrote 2 as two horizontal lines (it is still written that way in modern Chinese and Japanese). The Gupta rotated the two lines 45 degrees, making them diagonal, and sometimes also made the top line shorter and made its bottom end curve towards the center of the bottom line. Apparently for speed, the Nagari started making the top line more like a curve and connecting to the bottom line. The Ghubar Arabs made the bottom line completely vertical, and now the glyph looked like a dotless closing question mark. Restoring the bottom line to its original horizontal position, but keeping the top line as a curve that connects to the bottom line leads to our modern glyph.

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