The Art of Unix Programming

Andrius Ciziunas andrius at
Sat Feb 8 16:07:09 PST 2003

> > Add to that our wonderfully easy spelling rules (colour, favour,
> > organisation - note the s not a z) and pronunciation, that letter is  a
> > "zed" not a "zee".  Oh, and what the hell is up with "aloominum"
> > (aluminium)?  It's got another i in there which makes it
> > al-oo-min-ee-um.  All meant entirely in jest, merely pointing out the
> > differences in culture :)
> >
> It turns out they are right about 'aluminum'. Some of our daft spelling
> was because it was because at one time it was fashionable to spell like
> the french. Some is because the first books printed in English were
> typeset by people who called a yott a yacht (Dutch?). I still find
> their numbers odd. In the UK:
> 1000,000,000 = one thousand million
> 1000,000,000,000 = one billion
> 1000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = one thousand million billion. we're right about alumninum....As for
the numbers....Interesting as well that the Brits hold company with G.
Gordon Liddy, who insists on the British numbering system....That's where
I first encountered one thousand million==one trillion.....Read
somewhere...And I may have heard it on the radio once....What can I say,
I'm a media-file...

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