I'm pretty sure billion still means million million in the UK and Australia. Is there a source for the information stated here?
- It is true, that the British have been known to call the 'American' billion (10^9) a milliard and call the 'American' trillion (10^12) a billion. Both are accepted in Britain now, our definition does seem to lack this information though. - TheDaveRoss 05:22, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
- ^ O'Donnell, Frank (30 July 2004), "Britain's £1 trillion debt mountain - How many zeros is that?", The Scotsman newspaper. URL accessed on 2008-01-31.
referencing Harold Wilson's 1974 decision to change government usage from the long scale billion to the short scale billion
- ^ "Who wants to be a trillionaire?", BBC. - a 2007 BBC page on common modern usage of trillion.
- ^ "Linguist List 7.451",- A 1996 email list message, comparing the two scales usage in different languages.
- That makes it "dated", not "long obsolete". Harold Wilson made that decision for Government usage, but it will take another generation before the previous usage becomes obsolete. Dbfirs 17:16, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
the guys at work were having a discution about this , francisco (from mexico) and mario born and raised here in the U.S.a million miillions says francisco , a thousand millions says mario.... I tell em they are both right... but why is football called that name and not soccer , when in latin american countries and Europe soccer is known as football, and football is Amerii=can football.