Can a â€œdozenâ€ mean â€œ13â€?
Yes it can! But only when we say â€œbakerâ€™s dozenâ€. A â€œbakerâ€™s dozenâ€ consists of 13 items - 1 more than the items in a normal dozen. It is also called â€œdevilâ€™s dozenâ€ because 13 is believed to be an unlucky number. In 13th century England, there was a law which punished bakers who shortchanged customers. To safeguard themselves against punishment and to prevent being called cheats, bakers used to give 13 items for the price of 12.