Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 14, 2003, 1:52|
On Thu, 13 Feb 2003 14:21:51 -0600, Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
>> I suggest banning them. I rarely use them. If I mean a thousand million,
>> I say a thousand million. If I mean a million million, I say a million
>> million. It means you have to be a bit more careful, but it's easier to
>> read out 102 293 848 483 284 592 184 856 (umm... thousand, million,
>> billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, what comes after
>> quintillion..? sestillion?... so... one hundred and two sestillion, two
>> hundred and etc... is rather a complex way of doing it), and gives you a
>> better impression of of how big the number is.
>But it's so wordy to say "a million million million million" instead of
>"septillion". In fact, whenever I see things like "million million" I
>have to mentally convert it to "trillion".
If you're using numbers as big as "septillion", I think it's easier just to
say "ten to the twenty-fourth". Eklektu has a particle "e", which can be
translated "times ten to the power of", derived from the notation used in
pocket calculators and programming languages like C (e.g. "1.0E+24"). So
you'd say "ek e du-deg tcar" in Eklektu for "septillion".
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