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A billion if I want to be understood. A milliard if I want to be affected.

I guess that's the safest option. Not sure why some European countries prefer this weirdone thousand million

In that system a billion would be 1,000,000,000,000

a trillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000

a quadrillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

a quintillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

If you go by the long system, you name the numbers as powers of a million.

So a million to the power of one is a million.

A million to the power of

A million to the power of

A million to the power of

etc.

The short system used in America is based on powers of 1,000 and as a consequence, makes less sense:

A million is 1000 to the power of TWO

1000 to the power of

1000 to the power of

1000 to the power of

1000 to the power of

Watch this space...Also, if I were president of the US, I would introduce the long system and then brag that I brought down the state deficit from a trillion to a mere billion.

The word milliard goes way back.

Are there billiards of combinations in billiards?

Are there billiards of combinations in billiards?