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> From: Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:52:28 AM
> Subject: Re: Big numbers (was: Postman Pat)
> On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 3:00 AM, R A Brownwrote:
> > Now in my 71st year of living in RightPondia, I never recall actually
> > hearing the word used in speech and, indeed, have rarely seen it in print. I
> > think the ordinary 'person in the street over here in 2009 wouldn't know
> > what you meant if you used the word.
> Interesting. Well, I did say "traditional".
I do find it a fun side effect of the traditional words that "billiard" has 15 zeroes and a game of billiards in the US has (at most) 15 numbered balls. One of the odder linguistic coincidences in unrelated words that I've encountered.