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Re: [OT Why GB English is different] Re: Mozilla firefox en-gb

On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 12:18:16AM -0700, William Ballard wrote:
> On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 07:57:39AM +0100, Graham wrote:
> > No, the ex-GB billion is a billion.  The US billion is really a thousand million (and is misnamed)
> It depends on whether you view the series as geometric or exponential.

Just realized our way isn't strictly geometric either: it is geometric 
by tens up to one thousand, and then by thousands therafter.  But you 
can argue that is sound because we write digits by ones up to ten and 
then by tens therafter.

If you use the british definition, then 1,222,333,444,555 would be 
(let's see if I get it right):

One billion, two hundred twenty two thousand million, three hundred 
thirty three million, four hundred forty four thousand, five hundred 

Is that something a Brit would find eloquent?  Our way is a little bit 
more metric.

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