Subject: Re: [ bsdgames: number claims English output, but outputs in American]
To: None <>
From: Alan Barrett <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 11/14/2003 15:12:47
On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> Also, from looking in my dictionaries (both a 30 year old Webster's 
> Dictionary and the Webster's on-line dictionary), "Billion" came from 
> French. In French it is a thousand millions, which matches the American 
> English usage. So who then is historically correct? ;-)

That's only partly true.  I believe that both original and modern French
use billion == million million, but that there was an intermediate
period (a few hundred years) during which the French used billion ==
thousand million.


--apb (Alan Barrett)