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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@...>

>Tristan wrote: >> 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". -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin