In article <1SJft.11576$UI3.email@example.com>, Martin Brown <|||firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> A UK billion was a long time ago a million millions but it was fully > redefined by Harold Wilson's government in a 1974 parliamentary answer > to match the US (aka international) definition. US dictionaries do not > seem to have kept pace with this "recent" development.
US yes, international no. Many languages, such as German, have the equivalent of the old milliard with the equivalent of a billion being a thousand milliards etc.