Datapoint Chinese Pidgin English/Ordinal numerals

Number one is used to mean 'top quality', based on the corresponding Cantonese expression daih yat.

Values

All ordinal numerals are synchronically derived from cardinal numerals, but ‘first’ may also be suppletive

Example 20-171:
number one young Hyson thirty-five taelee
number
number
one
one
young
young
Hyson
Hyson
thirty-five
thirty-five
taelee
tael
35 taels for No.1 young Hyson

Source: Tong 1862: VI.18

Example 20-46:
買稔巴輝申鏬士爺米記咩厘
My number five son last year makee marry.
My
1sg.poss
number
number
five
five
son
son
last
last
year
year
makee
make
marry.
marry
My fifth son married last year.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.82

Example 20-47:
列地鼻郎花士其笠
The tea belong first crop.
The
art
tea
tea
belong
cop
first
first
crop.
crop
This is first crop tea.

Source: Tong 1862: VI.14

Confidence:
unspecified