1,000,000,000

Terry S.

scurra
Staff member
one thousand million
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
one thousand million
I guess that's the safest option. Not sure why some European countries prefer this weird milliard. Poland is one of them. Too lazy to Google this. I mean, it would make sense to go, "million, BIllion, TRIllion, QUADrillion, QUINTillion, eqs"...
 

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Civis Illustris
In the system where 1,000,000,000 is a Milliard, you would also have a billion, and that system actually makes more sense in my opinion. It still seems to be used in continental Europe; and it was used in England some decades ago, actually, until they shifted to the American convention (allowing themselves to be conquered by their former colony).

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
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
You seem obsessed with numbers these days.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
I see no logical reason to invent milliard.
 

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Civis Illustris
You need a term between million and billion.
 

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Civis Illustris
The term 'billion' for a million million (1,000,000,000,000) is the older convention, and it is more logical.
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 TWO = 1,000,000² = 1,000,000,000,000 = a BILLion
A million to the power of THREE = 1,000,000³ = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 = a TRILLion
A million to the power of FOUR = a QUADRillion
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 THREE = 1000³ = 1,000,000,000 = a BILLion
1000 to the power of FOUR = 1,000,000,000,000 = a TRILLion
1000 to the power of FIVE = a QUADrillion
1000 to the power of SIX = a QUINTillion
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
To me it's simpler to think of it in terms of thousands rather than millions.
 

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Civis Illustris
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.
 

Terry S.

scurra
Staff member
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.
Watch this space...
 

scrabulista

Consul
Staff member
The word milliard goes way back.
Are there billiards of combinations in billiards?
 
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