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At school in the UK I learnt that 1 000 000 000 = one thousand million and that 1 000 000 000 000 =

At school in the UK I learnt that 1 000 000 000 = one thousand million and that 1 000 000 000 000 =

 
Old 12-14-2005, 10:28 AM
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Default At school in the UK I learnt that 1 000 000 000 = one thousand million and that 1 000 000 000 000 =

one billion. Now I live in Germany 1 000 000 000 = Eine Milliarde and 1 000 000 000 000 = Eine Billionen.

I take it that in the rest of Europe a billion also has twelve zeros. I have two questions then:

1) How did it come about that in the USA the billion is devalued to nine zeros / British thousand million / German Milliarde etc.

2) Why oh why does the Bastion of British culture overseas, the BBC, now also use the American billion in their internet and world services?

Any ideas?
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...because Americans can't read 12 zeros...
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we get to a billion faster! ;-)
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