billion

Bill

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2018

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billion

I'm guessing this is using the US meaning of billion 10 to the 9 rather than the Imperial one of 10 to the 12

This relates to:
Expressing large numbers: thousands, millions and billions -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

28 August 2018

28/08/18

That's a very good question. The answer is yes. However, the so-called short scale billion has also been in use in the UK since 1974 and no institutions I'm aware of use the long-scale billion any more.


I think the idea of the British billion being the long scale 10^12 has remained in our minds though as school teachers continued to teach the concept well into the 80s and 90s not realising it was no longer official.


Hope that helps!


Gruff

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