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RE: fossil plants come back to haunt us: pub contains big error
Botterweg, Rrp writes:
> (note: the English trillion is the French/German/Dutch billion, the
> English billion is the French/German/Dutch milliard, very
Is this really true? I'd understood that the English billion = 10^12,
which is equal to the American trillion. If the same number is also
known by yet another name (the milliard) in Europe, then we have a
pretty comical situation rife for misunderstanding.
That said, I think the "English billion" is dead. It's a very long
while since I (an Englishman) saw the word billion used to mean
anything other than 10^9.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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