# Create a program that prints the number of characters it has, in words

Create a program which prints the amount of characters its source has in English words.

If your program is nine letters long it should print "nine".

Capitalization is ignored: in case you're printing "one" (somehow) you can print "one", "oNe", "ONE" or anything else.

Base ten is required.

Proper spacing is also required.

In the (unlikely but just for specification) case your program reaches one billion characters or more, use the American number scale. A billion here is 10^9 and a million is 10^6.

Do not use "one hundred and one": use "one hundred one".

Do not use the hyphen. Print forty four, not forty-four.

Test cases with a fake program:

10.(96 0s later)..01 prints one HuNdreD ONE -- okay: proper spacing, no "and"
10.(96 0s later)..01 prints one HuNdreDONE -- not okay: wrong spacing
10.(96 0s later)..01 prints one thousand two hundred two -- not okay: base 3 rather than base 10
10...(999999996 0s later) prints nine hundred ninety-nine million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-six: not okay, wrong number and includes hyphens


Golfy challenge, as always: shortest code wins. You're free to post after the green tick has been given, though. This serves more for completeness for hard to program languages. Malbolge, anyone?

• Proper spacing is also required. Does this mean no trailing spaces in the output? Oct 23 '19 at 12:14

# Backhand, 6 bytes

"s"xiH


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Outputs "six".

# GolfScript, 6 bytes

Push six. Implicit print.

 'six'


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# R, 7 6 bytes

 "six" #space before the text


Previously:

"seven"

• Also works in PHP without the opening PHP tag. In fact, with PHP you could have simply four Oct 21 '19 at 13:53

# Turing Machine Code, 60 50 bytes

0 _ f r 1
1 _ i r 2
2 _ f r 3
3 _ t r 4
4 _ y r 50


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As an added bonus, if that counts for anything, it has the number in the code as well.

Edit: Found a shorter solution which still contains the number of bytes in the code.

• It doesn't count but nice stuff. Oct 19 '19 at 17:29

# Taxi, 164 160 bytes

"One hundred sixty" is waiting at Writer's Depot.
Go to Writer's Depot: w 1 r 3 l 2 l.
Pickup a passenger going to Post Office.
Go to Post Office:n 1 r 2 r 1 l.


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This also throws an error because I don't return the taxi to the garage so my boss fires me. It's not a requirement to not throw errors, though, so I guess I'm fired.

• Yeah, that's all and well. Oct 22 '19 at 14:52

# Ruby, 6 bytes

Ruby has an extremely convenient builtin p that prints the string.

p'six'


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• Are the quotes allowed? Oct 20 '19 at 7:00

# Red, 10 bytes

print 'ten


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# Japt, 5 bytes

"five


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• Welcome to Japt :) I'll be reopening my bounty (with slightly lower rep) for new users on Monday or Tuesday if you'd like to try for it. I'll count any solutions you post between now and then towards it, including this one. You're welcome to my solution, if you'd like; didn't see yours before posting. Oct 19 '19 at 22:01
• Thank you @Shaggy ! I'll try it for sure even if I'm scared by the characters used since I do everything from a phone.. Btw I was sure there was some compression available in Japt, my bad I didn't checked. Oct 20 '19 at 8:22
• This also works in TI-Basic (with all caps) "FIVE Oct 20 '19 at 21:31

# Zsh, 6 bytes

<<<six


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# C (gcc), 25 20 bytes

f(){puts("twenty");}

• "twenty" works Oct 19 '19 at 21:19
• @12Me21 I am a fool. Oct 19 '19 at 22:08

# R, 10 bytes

cat("ten")


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Prints ten. This simple answer is much shorter than all the other options I could think of.

If a bit of fluff around the answer is allowed, we can go with

# R, 6 bytes

"six";


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which prints [1] "six".

If a lot of fluff is allowed, we could even go with

# R, 4 bytes

four


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which prints to STDERR Error: object 'four' not found.

# Brain-Flak, 80 bytes

((((((((()()()())))((({({}){}}()){}){}()))[[]])())[][][])[]){({}<>)<>}<>........


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The code to push eighty is 72 bytes and we add an extra 8 bytes to bring it to the correct amount.

# Brain-Flak, 80 bytes

(((())()()()())((([]())())[][][])){({}(([]([]<>[])[]{}()){}){})<>}<>............


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This version pushes EIGHTY and requires 12 bytes of padding.

# Perl 5, 9 bytes

say"nine"


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# cat, 4 bytes

four


There are plenty of literal "four" answers already, but not one written in cat yet.

• Also works in Text Nov 18 '19 at 14:54

# Whitespace, 151 60 bytes

[S S S T    T   S N
_Push_6_Y][S S S T  N
_Push_1_T][S S S T  S T N
_Push_5_X][S S T    T   S T S N
_Push_-10_I][S S S S S N
S S N
_Create_Label_LOOP][S S S T S T S S T   T   N
_Push_constant_83][T    S S S _Add_top_two][T   N
S S _Print_as_character][N
S N
N
_Jump_to_Label_LOOP]


Letters S (space), T (tab), and N (new-line) added as highlighting only.
[..._some_action] added as explanation only.

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Whopping -91 bytes thanks to @JoKing by using an < instead of == check in my Java program below and adding no-ops.

Shortest program generated with this Java program, which uses the printing approach of this Whitespace tip to output in full uppercase.

# APL (Dyalog Unicode), 129 6 bytes

Took me a little searching and I don't like requiring the extra spaces, but such are the vagaries of English numbers.

Edit: -3 bytes thanks to Night2. -3 bytes thanks to ngn.

⊢'six'


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• is ⎕← required? dyalog prints results by default. if not: ⊢'six'
– ngn
Nov 18 '19 at 0:35
• @ngn Not in TIO tio.run/##SyzI0U2pTMzJT////1HXIvXizAr1//8B Nov 18 '19 at 5:50
• but. or. generally, in kolmogorov complexity challenges we don't add ⎕←.
– ngn
Nov 18 '19 at 11:25
• @ngn In that case, I've added both. Nov 18 '19 at 13:08

# Vyxal, 3 bytes

∧ḭ


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Pushes "three" as a dictionary-compressed string and implicitly outputs.

# 05AB1E, 5 bytes

"five


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• Welcome to Code Golf! Nice first answer. May 24 at 23:18

# Python 2, 10 bytes

print'ten'


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# Lua, 16 bytes

print('sixteen')


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# Retina 0.8.2, 5 bytes


five


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# BASIC, 6 bytes

?"SIX"


(Specifically tested in SmileBASIC: should work in most dialects, though ? is often expanded to PRINT, I think it's usually still stored as one byte)

"
n
i
n
e


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# Scheme, 5 bytes

This works in any Scheme implementation, but Chicken Scheme is what I used.

'five

## EDIT: Alternative 4-byte solution

four outputs this:

Error: unbound variable: four

I think this counts, but if you don't like errors, the above solution is for you.

# bit**, 30 bytes

#116/#104/#105/#114/#116/#121/


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# Husk, 3 bytes

¨◊ė


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# PowerShell, 6 bytes

Note the space before the first quotation mark.

 "six"


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# Ruby, 9 bytes

puts:nine


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Longer than the other answer, but does not output extra characters

# Ceylon (Web IDE), 18 bytes

The Ceylon Web IDE allows to omit all the boilerplate which makes up a normal program, so we can use just the actual print statement:

print("eighteen");


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# Ceylon (with run function), 30 bytes

void run() { print("thirty");}


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# Commodore BASIC (TheC64/Mini, C64/128, VIC-20, PET, C16/+4) 25 tokenised and BASIC bytes

 0 print"seventeen


I could use the abbreviated ? but when listed the program will show the full print keyword. In any case it would make no difference to the byte count as ? and print` use the same number of BASIC tokens.