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Chris Bates scripsit:

> There is a name for what the americans call a billion isn't there? Isn't
> it a milliard or something like that? Sorry, just wondered.

Yes.  Although I note that "billion" = 10^9 is spreading; the current UK
government uses it for statistical purposes.

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