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Why do Europeans say 1000 million instead of 1 billion?


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#1 powerade01

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 14:52

I have a question:

Why do Europeans say 1000 million instead of 1 billion?

(The amount we are talking about is:

1,000,000,000

or

1.000.000.000

)


#2 Carlos of Smeg

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 14:55

Im from Europe and have never heard anybody say a 1000 million...

#3 epraes

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 14:59

Why do Americans say 1 billion instead of 1000 million?

:p

#4 Lee G.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 14:59

It's much more common to say 1 billion than 1000 million in the UK, although this answers your question - http://www.askoxford...utwords/billion

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:05

In Latin America an american billion (1,000,000,000) is said as a thousand millions, and an american trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is said as a billion.

#6 Carlos of Smeg

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:06

Interesting link - never heard it referred to as 1000 million in any sense other than explaining how many millions are in a billion! Guess i am not a traditionally minded englishman!

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:14

in Russia it is called "milliard"

#8 Joel

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:29

in Russia it is called "milliard"

In French also. And 'billion' is trillion.

#9 callummr

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:31

I'm English, I say a billion.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:32

Im from Europe and have never heard anybody say a 1000 million...


I say a billion and I'm from the UK...

#11 HawkMan

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:35

in Russia it is called "milliard"


Same for Norway/Scandinavia

#12 Ricardo Gil

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:36

In French also. And 'billion' is trillion.


Correct. An European billion is the same as an American trillion.

#13 Joel

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:37

Wait, what year did England become part of Europe again?

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:38

I'm from the UK and old enough to remember the good old imperial days when a million million equaled a billion and a million million million was a trillion ..

#15 Capy

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 15:38

Correct. An European billion is the same as an American trillion.

True.

Wait, what year did England become part of Europe again?

Geographically - it never went away :)