Word for the day….it’s all in the numbers


headacheI read this sentence in Book Business Magazine “There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of new information created per day” and I just HAD to know how much information that is! *Note that is means one thing in Britain, France and Germany and another in the US and Canada.

Interesting, eh?

quintillion [noun]
1. (Mathematics) (in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 30 zeros (1030). In the US and Canadian the word is nonillion.
2. (Mathematics) (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 18 zeros (1018). In Britain the word is trillion.

Etymology: [from Latin quintus fifth + -illion, as in million]

Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/quintillion

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One thought on “Word for the day….it’s all in the numbers

  1. People sometimes ask me the names of the large numbers. The system used in the U.S. is not as logical as that used in other countries (like Great Britain, France, and Germany). In these other countries, a billion (bi meaning two) has twice as many zeros as a million, and a trillion (tri meaning three) has three times as many zeros as a million, etc. But the scientific community seems to use the American system.

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