Phillip Helbig wrote: >quasi wrote: > >> In the UK, a billion _is_ equal to 100 million. > >No, it is not, and it never was.
A careless mistake on my part.
>The UK billion was a million million, i.e. a US trillion. >1000 million, the equivalent of the US billion, was the >milliard. However, US-style usage is becoming more prevalent >in the UK, just as many people today say "radio" and no >longer "wireless". > >In other languages, terms similar to the old UK usage are the >only ones in use, e.g. German has Milliarde for 1000 million >and Billion for one million million. > >> In the US, a billion equals 1000 million. > >Right.
So in the US, I may be qualified to vote, and in the UK, perhaps I could drive a bus.