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--Connel MacKenzie 00:59, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Quattuordecillion is used by the scholarly MathWorld; see, for example the article 'Quattuordecillion' by Eric W Weisstein : [1]. It is also listed at [2]. (For reference, it is also listed in the AHD.) It can also be observed in the conversation here : Instead of starting a new thread for one question, you can post your question in one of the quattuordecillion other threads [...]. It is also used in the article here : One Quattuordecillion Years From Now: Protons and neutrons [will] decay (ooh, scary!). Last, but not least, this article demonstrates that there are individuals who aren't sure of the definition of the word (and I think one quattuordecillion is written: $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000), and that is where wiktionary and other dictionaries come in handy. Beobach972 00:53, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
So everything you refer to fails the use/mention distinction, right? These are here only to use Wiktionary as a vehicle to promote this (unusable) silliness. --Connel MacKenzie 18:17, 26 December 2006 (UTC) Re-reading those above, I see the one that doesn't fail the use/mention distinction seems to give the meaning "three" ('quattuordecillion other threads') instead of the definition we currently have. --Connel MacKenzie 18:20, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
I disagree. It is clearly not silly, it is found in many scholarly publications (for example, as I said above, it is found in the American Heritage Dictionary and MathWorld, etc). It is also clearly in use.
The Timeline Cosmic Future, as I stated, uses the word, just as it uses the word million (in, for example, the phrase ‘In 226 million years’, to mean ‘In 226,000,000 years’)
    • 2003 CE, Magic Dragon Multimedia, Timeline Cosmic Future, (2003) :
      One Quattuordecillion Years From Now: Protons and neutrons decay.
This forum post uses it to humourously exaggerate the number of duplicate threads on the subject.
    • 2006 CE, sternone, Is the thing going to be screened anywhere?, (2006) :
      Instead of starting a new thread for one question, you can post your question in one of the quattuordecillion other threads related to the feb 28th special event.
    • 2002 CE, Clifford Pickover, The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge, Cambridge University Press (2 September 2002):
      "Ooh!" Dorothy steps back in awe. "Mon Dieu. What is that cool-looking heart symbol?" "Here, ♥ indicates a quattuordecillion".
    • 2002 CE, Ron Penton, Data Structures for Game Programmers, Muska & Lipman / Premier-Trade (25 November 25 2002):
      Assuming that each node in your gametree used a modest 64 byes, that many nodes would take up 6 quattuordecillion yottabytes (I'm really not making this up).
Lastly, Alan Sondheim's ‘The Wayward’ asks ‘How many Stars Shine on Tiny Jennifer's Hair?’, and answers ‘[...N]ine hundred forty five quattuordecillion’.
-- Beobach972 17:33, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
For reference, it is defined in the 1994 CE 'Words of Mathematics: An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English'.
    • 1946 CE, United States Department of Commerce, The United States Department of Commerce: How it serves you on land and sea and in the air, U. S. Government Printing Office (1946) :
      657 quattuordecillion, 262 tredecillion; which is to say the figures 3,657,262 followed by 42 ciphers. Operators of the key punch machines transfer a code symbol from the Census [...].
    • 1994 CE, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, The Arithmetic Teacher, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (1994) :
      The answer is read as: 13 sexdecillion, 253 quindecillion, 796 quattuordecillion, 742 tredecillion, [...].
-- Beobach972 18:34, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Rfv-passed. -- Beobach972 20:28, 1 February 2007 (UTC)