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2,000 or 2.000 - what ever decimal mark you use, its still TWO THOUSAND

95x24 months = 2280

FYI A Billion:

Short Scale used by Americans 1,000,000,000
Long Scale used By British 1,000,000,000,000 (Old school)

Its no wonder I have problem with numbers
 

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Originally Posted by zenecho View Post
FYI A Billion:

Short Scale used by Americans 1,000,000,000
Long Scale used By British 1,000,000,000,000 (Old school correct)
There, I fixed it for you

"bi-", from Latin "twice", is a common word-forming element meaning "two, twice, double, doubly, once every two," etc.

Hence "billion" = "doubly million". It can be argued that it could mean "two million" but it has been accepted to mean "million squared". Likewise, "trillion" means "million cubed", "quadrillion" = "million to the fourth", and so on.

The Americans were too keen on big numbers and too impatient to earn a proper billion dollars so they invented a new meaning, to give them the illusion of being billionaires a bit earlier

BTW, the correct word for "a thousand million" is milliard. I suspect not many Brits know that word either.

Its no wonder I have problem with numbers
And spelling, it seems Or are you on a mission to eliminate all apostrophes?
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This reminds me of the story

Once a man asked God:
"Is it true that to you a million years is like a second?

God replies:
"Yes that is true."

Then the man asks"
Is it true that a million dollars is like a penny to you?

God replies:
"Yes, that is true."

Then the man says:

"Great! Since a million dollars is like a penny to you, could I have a million dollars?"

God says:

Sure! In a second..."

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Is it true that a million dollars is like a penny to you?
Another interesting observation about the Americans. They use the word "penny", even though the fractions of dollars are called "cents". This is not the first time I noticed that.
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Another interesting observation about the Americans. They use the word "penny", even though the fractions of dollars are called "cents". This is not the first time I noticed that.
What else can be said? The British colonization of North America really ****ed us up. We still use imperial measurements, use penny when we really mean cents and shortened what a billion really means.

Anything else?
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Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
What else can be said? The British colonization of North America really ****ed us up. We still use imperial measurements, use penny when we really mean cents and shortened what a billion really means.

Anything else?
Well I guess, if Brits didn't colonize you... You'd all be Spanish?
At least you'd use SI units....
 

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Can not imagine what kind of hilarious german dialect americans would be speaking if the "1795 - one more vote and america would have adopted german as official language" Conspiracy theory was true

Regarding "****** units" (sorry, its a lovely meme), i can only say that the oh so superior rest of the world is not any better until everyone adopts YYYY/MM/DD/HH:MM time format so everything sorts just fine everywhere and anytime

And as i am OT already and only, have you seen this killer translator called DeepL by some germans (not google!!!).
Try retranslating a translated text. Grammar is near perfect imho. Only idioms are still hard.
This will be a milestone to breach the language gap <3

OnTopic, i realized i would not sell my precious even for 5000bucks.

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Anything else?
Guns?

Well, I could say something about your election preferences, but a) it would be against the TMO rules and b) given our recent history, we Brits have really nothing on you in that respect
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Well I guess, if Brits didn't colonize you... You'd all be Spanish?
At least you'd use SI units....
Dutch. Portuguese. French. Take your pick. I'm just glad we didn't use the French way of counting to 100.
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Well, I could say something about your election preferences, but a) it would be against the TMO rules and b) given our recent history, we Brits have really nothing on you in that respect
Not sure it compares really, the British equivalent would be electing Farage as PM. At the risk of tempting fate, I can't see that happening ever.
 

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