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    tertiary...what's next?

    I was watching "Shooter" the other day when I noticed this:
    "Primary over the top,secondary down the road,tertiary to the river..."
    I'm just curious, that if you can use "tertiary" to substitute for "thirdly"(or can you?),what's the corresponding words for fourthly,fifthly....etc,etc?
    Thank you, in advance...:)

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    Re: tertiary...what's next?

    primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, denary. Words also exist for `twelfth order' (duodenary) and `twentieth order' (vigenary).
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    Re: tertiary...what's next?

    Very interesting,thank you, I'll try to memorize them.

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    Re: tertiary...what's next?

    I have no idea what Shooter is about, but is there any chance the speaker is talking about education? In the UK this is how the bands work:

    primary: ages 4/5 - 11/12
    secondary: ages 11/12 - 18/19
    tertiary: older

    (Even if you're doing your fourth doctorate, you're still in tertiary education.)

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    Last edited by BobK; 01-Oct-2007 at 21:55. Reason: Fixed typo: "talking"

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    Re: tertiary...what's next?

    Probably in reference to groups of men; i.e., soldiers?

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    Shooter (Movie)

    1
    00:02:01,454 --> 00:02:02,580
    Movement.

    2
    00:02:03,857 --> 00:02:04,949
    Two men.

    3
    00:02:06,526 --> 00:02:07,993
    Approximately

    4
    00:02:10,463 --> 00:02:12,226
    40 goats.

    5
    00:02:12,332 --> 00:02:16,063
    They're not on anybody's side.
    We don't have to shoot them.

    6
    00:02:17,036 --> 00:02:18,162
    Where are the rest?

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    Primary over the top, secondary
    down the road, tertiary to the river.

    8
    00:02:25,111 --> 00:02:28,239
    No one can track you through the water
    except a fish.

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    Re: tertiary...what's next?

    Ha! Glad you asked that...
    Shooter is about the story of ex-USMC sniper Bob Lee Swagger, popping people,blowing things up and the like...Very Pro-American style,cynical commerical movie.
    the Primary,secondary,tertiary stuff was about the escape route of the sniper team. Bob called a review of their possible escape route and his observer replied as such.

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