You’ll See Me When the Sun is High and Also Late at Night

You’ll see me when the sun is high and also late at night,
I’m in the songs of holidays, when the snow is white,

Kings and Queens and royalty, are all found in me,
I’m the largest of them all, with just one you see,

Step by step with pounding feet, I’m tribes of angry men,
I’m above your hands right now, for help or to go again,

You’ll use me in the kitchen, or add a little more,
I’ll be in the years to come, and the days of yore.

What am I?

Twelve (12).

Noon and midnight are both 12 o’clock and the Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas carol.

There are twelve face cards in a standard 52-card deck and twelve is the largest number with one syllable.

There are twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous, a troy pound is 12 ounces, there were 12 tribes of Israel and a popular movie was called, “Twelve Angry Men” (12 members of the jury). There are twelve function keys on your keyboard. F1 often shows a help screen and F5 reloads pages in your browser.

Many recipes measure items by the dozen, adding one more for a baker’s dozen. There are twelve months in a year.

It’s surprising how many times the number twelve shows up in our culture.

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9 Comments on "You’ll See Me When the Sun is High and Also Late at Night"

Gaspar says
September 17, 2014 @ 04:02

This is so cool !

Rasmita says
September 23, 2014 @ 12:06

Good answer……

Sophia says
December 23, 2014 @ 12:54


Elisa says
May 7, 2015 @ 07:44

I see

Allen says
May 11, 2015 @ 11:41

A quick look through the dictionary (just the S’ and T’s) provided these sixteen one syllable words that are larger than twelve: screeched, strengths, straights, scrounged, scrunched, stretched, straights, scraughed, scrinched, scritched, scrooched,sprainged, spreathed, throughed, thrutched, scraunched.

Dan says
May 11, 2015 @ 13:47

@Allen Thanks for sharing, but none of those words are numbers. “Twelve is the largest number with one syllable.” Numbers thirteen and above all have two syllables or more.

Brandon says
August 22, 2015 @ 01:17

I could have sworn the keyboard is BELOW my fingers…

Dan says
August 23, 2015 @ 09:00

@Brandon Yup, but the F1 and F5 function keys aren’t.

Dunstan says
March 9, 2022 @ 01:47

Twelve is the number you can count on your one hand using your thumb as pointer on the 12 knuckles of your other fingers. That’s why there are 12 hours every day and another 12 hours a night, 12 months a year and 12 a dozen. Using your other hand you can easily count 5 dozens this way, that’s why there are 60 minutes in an hour.

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