The Art of Unix Programming

Johan Veenstra j.h.veenstra at
Sun Feb 9 05:14:21 PST 2003

Rob Park wrote:

> This whole 'thousand' business really threw it off... 1,000 should be a
> million, 1,000,000 should be a billion... ;)

In dutch:

1,000,000       Miljoen
1,000,000,000   Miljard
1,000,000,000,000       Biljoen
1,000,000,000,000,000   Biljard
1,000,000,000,000,000,000       Triljoen
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000   Triljard

Sometimes when US English is translated into dutch they get it wrong by 
translating '1 billion dollars' into '1 biljoen dollars'. What the heck, 
the translation is only off by a factor one thousand, not really 
significant, is it?

Johan Veenstra
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