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I was reading an article today that has the following heading:

Huawei P30 e P30 Pro svelati: ventordici fotocamere, con tanto di zoom 10x (foto)

So what does ventordici means? Just a way to say a ridiculously big number?

Article: https://www.androidworld.it/2019/02/28/huawei-p30-pro-leaked-615265/

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    Welcome to Italian.SE! – Charo Feb 28 at 20:49
  • @Charo Grazie Charo! Benvenuta anche a te ;) – marcanuy Feb 28 at 21:08
  • Watch out for duemilacredici too! – Vincenzo Oliva Mar 1 at 13:24
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    @marcanuy: They're both wordplays: just like ventordici is the combination of venti ("twenty") and quattordici ("fourteen"), duemilacredici combines duemilatredici (2013) and credici (literally "believe it", idiomatically "don't count on it") into a fake, unreachable year. E.g. you may see the sentence Half-Life 3 uscirà nel duemilacredici! , which amounts to Half-Life 3 probabilmente non uscirà mai ("Half-Life 3 will likely never come out"). – Vincenzo Oliva Mar 1 at 13:50
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    @VincenzoOliva thanks for the explanation, it was really helpful! You can add it as an answer too – marcanuy Mar 1 at 14:26
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As you can read in this semi-serious blog article ventordici is an imaginary number with some strange properties.

Ventordici: numero immaginifico fondamentale del campo complessato.

It is an informal way to describe a huge quantity that cannot be determined, like, for example zillions.

Another similar word we use in Italian is fantastilione that can be translated to bazillion.

As suggested by @VincenzoOliva, another word used with similar meaning is millemila.

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