[RC5] counting roots

Matt Van Drie vandrie at iserv.net
Thu Jan 8 20:11:49 EST 1998


>>> Thinking about it, it probably comes from
>>> the latin roots: megillion (million), gigillion (OK, billion, but I
>>> don't know exactly how it got there), terrillion (trillion), etc.
>> Don't think so.  Dunno where million came from, but the bi in billion,
>> tri in trillion, etc. would appear to be of greek extraction.  The
>> latin roots would explain "mega", "giga", "tera" (byte, Hertz, etc.)
You're right. They are greek prefixes.

billion     =  bi  =  bicycle
trillion    =  tri =  tricycle
quadrillion =  quad=  ...
quintillion......

Matt
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