umpteen millionth/umpteenth million

Ash40

Member
English - USA
Which is the correct way to say this?

"I'm gonna repeat this for the umpteen millionth time!"

"I'm gonna repeat this for the umpteenth million time!"
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Good question. The normal form would be, for example, "the five millionth time," so I guess it would be "the umpteen millionth time," even though it sounds more amusing the other way.
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    No sentence with "gonna" in it is a correct way to say anything.

    If you would speak of the three-millionth customer, rather than the third-million customer, or the ten-millionth time you said something instead of the tenth million time, it would seem that the pattern requires saying "I am going to repeat this for the umpteen-millionth time."

    Edit: cross-posted
     
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